Awhile back in my Fiction Writing class the question came up of why different people write. I think this is a great question and one that should be explored in depth by all writers. There isn’t a wrong or a right answer to it of course, but I certainly think it is helpful to consider. Personally I came to a sort of multi-layered conclusion. I started writing because it was fun, because it was something I wanted to do. I continued writing because sometimes there were stories I wanted to read and they didn’t exist, so I felt it was my duty to tell them. Nowadays I’m more concerned with the all consuming idea that I want to say something. I mean really say something. I don’t want to write something that is just entertaining to others, I want it to have meaning and depth to it as well. It is okay of course if readers end up reading it just for fun, if they don’t pick up on the subtle nuances that I incorporate into my work. What matters to me is that it is there. I realized this was important to me as a writer because when I find a story that truly speaks to me, it is because there is some level of depth to it that goes beyond the ordinary entertainment value. I believe absolutely in the power of words; their ability to convey so much to so many. Because I feel this way I have a strong desire to use words in order to reach people in some way. To tell them things are okay, or that it is normal to feel a certain, it’s alright to be sad, that everyone struggles in some way or another. I think it can be a powerful experience as a reader to come across a character that you can relate to, really, truly relate to. Or to come across a theme or idea that you support wholeheartedly. I’ve read even single lines in stories, poems, and songs that have had a huge impact on me for whatever reason. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while I think it is great if I can write stories that people find entertaining, I think it would be even better if I wrote stories that people remembered because the impact they had on them. Is that the only reason that I write? Of course not! I still write because it’s fun, because I have stories that I wish existed, I still write for myself, but I’d like to think that I am writing for others now as well. Now I want to challenge you to think about yourself. Why do you write? Feel free to respond in the comments, choose an option from the poll, or both. Even write your on blog post about it maybe. What matters to me, is that you take a moment to consider it. Thanks for reading.