Why I Write

I write because I find mystery in the ordinary. I’m fascinated by the lives of others. The construction workers laying tiles on the roof: what’s their story? The woman in front of me in the grocery check-out line—who is she? I cannot paint or sketch, but landscapes and urban spaces have always fascinated me, and I try to capture their essence in words. Street smells, random chatter, the sound of the motorcycle two blocks over. The hibiscus dropping its leaves on the brick pavers. I strive to capture these experiences with words.

I write because characters speak to me in my head, and sometimes, they won’t shut up.

When I write, the creative process fills up some of the emptiness inside me. I am more comfortable living inside my head rather than dealing with the complications of reality, and many times, this self-imposed isolation leaves me wanting contact and connection. Writing fulfills my need to engage with the world, yet it allows my imagination to (somewhat) control reality. When I don’t write, I feel lonely, soul-empty; I seek satisfaction elsewhere instead of letting creativity fulfill me.

I write because it is what I’ve always done. Journals, short stories, novels—they are my life, and I don’t know otherwise.

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2 Responses to Why I Write

  1. rebeccakuder says:

    Thanks for painting such a rich picture with your words. And for your insights into why.

  2. Cindy says:

    Beautifully expressed. As a wannabe writer, I totally get it. Your writing inspires me to do better – and more often. I’m enjoying your blog.

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