Today, I’d like to broach the big question: Why Write? Do you write because you ultimately want to reach a certain element of society? Or is it because you find a certain personal satisfaction in slinging words in some particular fashion? What does writing really bring to you besides an occasional head ache or eye strain?
What do you look for when you read? Agreement? Understanding? A new perspective, or an argument you can sink your teeth into? What fuels your own words? Is what you read similar, or very different, from what you write? Do you only read authors you know you will be comfortable with, or do you choose to read things that will get an emotional response?
And is that same fuel what you are hoping to gain through your own writing? Do you believe that writing can change or alter the world, and is that what you are really about? Do you want to change the world, or some aspect of it with the words you write? Has writing changed your world, or your view of the way things work?
Okay, I have asked some fairly large and even deep questions here. I’ve been taking a break from writing. No, not completely, but I have definitely taken a step back and given myself other things to do. It is one of the ways I use to periodically clear out the attic and sort this from that. I took a breather. I do write every day, in my journal. And I have been responding to two different prompts a week, as well as trying to come up with something for these discussions.
When I write that out, it sounds like quite a bit. But it is far less than what I had been doing. And I know that my breathing space is coming to an end because I have come to that place where the above questions are beginning to make themselves heard. When they do, I know that it’s time to begin again.
Hope all is well with each of you. The mic is open: