Why I Write
1. I write to connect with people. I’m an introvert, naturally shy. I love to read, although not much fiction. I write book reviews and opinion pieces. I appreciate those who comment on my blog. They help me consider things I had not noticed. I learn and I grow as I see things from the point of view of others in their comments.
2. I write to express myself. Everyone wants to be understood. I am no exception. Everyone has a story to tell that helps others understand why we see life as we do. I write to share my life’s experiences, hopefully in an interesting and helpful way.
3. I write to learn. I am motivated to study a subject if I know I’m going to write about it. I especially enjoy relating the learning experience – what I discovered as I read and studied what others have written about the subject. I often discover I am wrong. Perhaps I have assumed incorrectly or learned incorrect facts on a subject.
4. I write to grow. I want to develop my talents. I never thought I would be a writer especially after a horrendous experience in High School English. College English was a whole different story. I loved what I learned as others shared their stories, their essays and their points of view. I became better because they shared with me.
5. I write for enjoyment. I love it when I can write a persuasive or informative post on my blog that garners a lot of comments. I was amazed to see comments on one of my posts exceed 700. I realized it wasn’t so much what I wrote but the ideas that were being discussed. In some ways the blog is like a forum for open dialog.
6. I write to keep myself informed. Writing about current events requires a lot of reading. I specialize in one particular area. I believe I’m connected with the opinion leaders in this area. I also like to think I am influencing others for good. My desire is to be helpful where I can. Well-crafted words are our best tool for righteous persuasiveness.
7. I write to entertain. I love stories. I love to tell stories. I love sharing good stories that both enlighten and entertain. I know I’m unusual in that I rarely read fiction. I have only one piece of fiction I want to write – a trilogy of books about possible end of the world scenarios and how they affect the people who live through them.
8. I write to invoke thinking. I want others to think about my ideas and opinions. I recognize I am sometimes unorthodox. That can be a little daunting. I need to be prepared to defend myself and my conclusions. I also need to be willing to engage in the give and take that comes from different points of view expressed well.