That’s what someone said to me once, ‘why write’? There are so many writers, unfinished manuscripts, unsold and unread books out there, why add another?
To that comment I thought ‘balderdash, hogwash, twaddle, nonsense, rubbish, flimflam and indeed piffle. The last word was accompanied by a suitably raised incredulous eyebrow. Instead, I responded – ‘you write because you MUST!’
Perhaps I only speak for myself. I started this blog in September. At the time, I had experienced certain personal challenges, and writing kept me anchored. The goal was to write something, anything, each day – it didn’t always happen. But, I needed it as a parched man needs water; writing was my lifeline. Ok, I know that sounds a bit dramatic; but it definitely provided much-needed expression for my thoughts as well as experiences.
The reality is people write for a variety of reasons; imagine you pick up a book and there is just one idea that literally makes a difference to your life, or a book that is so rich with characters and storytelling that you are transfixed by the beauty of creation, or a piece that is so incredibly funny, you laugh so hard and so long that you recognise how great your life actually is.
I believe the seed of a book that resides in a writer is quite capable of transforming lives, at the very least, their own. So, we write because we must.