(My own sophisticated illustration of my relationship with writing).
In one of my classes we are constantly asking ourselves why we write and I haven’t been able to come up with a good reason. Lately, I have been writing like it is going out of style. I don’t care if I’m in class or I’m having lunch with someone, my writing has become a compulsion and my go-to coping mechanism. I need to write. I’ve always needed to write, but now I feel that if I don’t write I will not survive. If I don’t write life is futile. It has everything to do with the insane amount of stress I have been enduring lately (Financial worries. What else would it be?). This stress has forced me to delve deep into my being and has resulted in the writing work ethic I have been yearning to have. I’ve never really enjoyed the writing process (the end result is what I normally look forward to), but now it’s the high that keeps me going. Anyway, here is a list of the reasons why I write and anothe list of what keeps me from writing. Feel free to add your own in the comments!
I write because…
-it’s what got me through my parent’s divorce.
-it’s physically pleasurable to put pen to paper.
-i was an avid reader as a child and wanted to create my own worlds to get lost in.
-the only way I make sense of the world is by writing everything down.
-my written words were my only friends when I was bullied in elementary school.
-it’s how I discovered my voice and opinions.
-it’s the only way people have really listened to me.
-a teacher told me I had a knack for it.
-I like to entertain people.
-it fulfills my need for public validation, introspection and solitude.
-I spend a lot of my time alone anyway.
-i have never wanted to do anything else.
-people like to invite writers to parties.
-biographies of notable writers are interesting as fuck.
-my social anxiety benefits my writing.
-therapy is expensive.
-it explains my weirdness.
-words are fun.
-grammar is sexy.
What keeps me from writing
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