I think it is completely safe to say that there are more writers now than there was at any other time in history. The amount of creative writing programs at various universities have expanded from about 50 or so back in the 1980s to over 300 in the United States alone!! Let’s not even mention the 110 million blogs.
I knew I should have gone into a different field because this is a lot of competition.
But did you stop and think about why all of us are writing? Why do we come into the writing field when there is a lot of competition and society’s attention span is decreasing by the minute?
I believe we write for four main reasons:
We write to be fully alive.
Many of us write to share our memories and fantasies. Don’t you have those dreams that are so vivid and when you wake up you can easily write a story about what happen? That is what a lot of us do. We may not all write fiction, but those of us that do keeps everyone alive with their words.
You may not think your writing is wonderful or have any meaning, but the person reading it may think it is the best thing since sliced bread. With more writers now than ever before can be a good thing because we will get more points of views, more stories, more memories, more reasons to live.
We write to make a name for ourselves.
At least once in our life we wanted to be famous, but as we age, we wonder why? We like the aspect of people knowing us, maybe not the person, us, but the name. We want people to read this great book, blog, article, or website, and say, “Hey, Amanda is such a great writer. I love her work.”
I think we crave for people to praise us, that is why we want to make a name for ourselves. We want our internet identity to be somewhat popular because we have all this knowledge to share and we want at least one person to hear it.
We write to change the world.
Our elders always said that you cannot change anyone, but we can change the world. That never really made sense to me. How can we change the world, but not someone? However, most of us are stubborn and think we can do just about everything and that includes changing the world, which is not always a bad thing; especially in writing.
We write to discover meaning.
This can go two ways; we can write because we are trying to discover our meaning or a meaning through writing. I can see both sides of this, to be honest. I discovered my meaning and lots of meanings through writing. It is quite a great experience to finally have a meaning.
Next time you sit down and start writing think about why you write. It may be for other reasons not mentioned above, but when it all boils down we all have different reasons why we write.
Why do you write?