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November 3, 2015 / Meredith

Why Does Anyone Write?

I’ve always had an image of the writer.  She has a special room in a special house in a special town in a special country in which she works.  She doesn’t eat a lot, but when she does it’s either a peanut butter sandwich or a lobster tail.  The stories in her head need to get out, and she struggles to express them in a most precise way.  That expression turns out to be agonizing because despite an entire unabridged dictionary of words they can never be put together to her satisfaction.  She drinks wine to ease the frustration and the words flow, only to be seen in the light of sobriety as drivel.  There is no satisfaction.  She is a modern day Sisyphus.  If ever she gets published she earns enough money to buy more peanut butter, bread, the occasional lobster tail, and plenty of wine.  Then she starts rolling that boulder up the mountain again.

Sounds kind of horrible, doesn’t it?

In this era of self-publishing and blogging I’ve found that a big motivation behind writing is to connect with other people.  Everywhere I look people are trying to form communities, and blogging is no different.  It seems too many people write to tell their story, to make themselves feel better, to find friends, to indulge themselves.  If instant connection and response wasn’t available as it is on the internet would so many people take to writing?

I don’t claim to be a fabulous writer, but when I write I want a story to be told.  I don’t need to unburden myself, to search for others who think like me, or to join a community of strangers.  If perchance I find a like mind along the way it will be a happy coincidence, a merging of two paths that were destined to cross one way or another.

To me writing is deeply personal whether we share it with the world or not.  It’s about being in search of a story, not of a tribe.  I am that isolate writer in her special room.   No one will understand until I find the words, or maybe others’ understanding is beside the point.

Writing is expression to myself, a story in my mind, characters I want to come to life, a form of entertainment just for me.

The End





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  1. haafgar / Nov 3 2015 2:23 am

    This was enticingly pleasant to read, me being new to writing (very new) and seeing such things as to write for yourself and not for the attention that it brings is definitely something that should be learnt and taken into account. Thank you for the read and best wishes to you.

    • Meredith / Nov 3 2015 3:34 am

      Thank you for your kind words. I look at writing as a lonely art and one should definitely be entertained by one’s own writing for it to be satisfying.

      You say you’re “new” to writing – I’ll be interested to see what you write. Give it a try and you may surprise yourself at how much fun it is.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment.

      • haafgar / Nov 3 2015 3:46 am

        You are welcome, it was my pleasure! I’m soon to get a mini laptop that will be purely for this new fad turned (hopefully) addiction and I’m overly joyed. I will be writing a novel once its at my fingertips and would like to write more to come, I will be sharing pieces on my writing blog once i get a bit of it going.

        All the best Meredith, have a lovely day.

      • Meredith / Nov 3 2015 3:52 am

        I hope you’ll share your writing soon – I’m eager to read it already!

      • haafgar / Nov 3 2015 4:07 am

        I could possibly share the scribblings of the first page but it’s definitely a rough draft

      • Meredith / Nov 3 2015 4:54 am

        I’d love to see what you have if you’re ready to share it this early. No pressure though.

      • haafgar / Nov 3 2015 5:06 am

        Well I could throw it up in just a post and I can then tag you in it so you can get it. But again, only rough and still new 😀

      • haafgar / Nov 3 2015 5:33 am

        I couldn’t tag you for some reason but its up

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