Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: This is a “Big Question,” but we’re going to ask anyway – in a light-hearted and stress-free way: What is your biggest motivator to write? Is it curiosity? A need to communicate? A desire to educate, entertain, or influence? Fame and fortune?
Jamie Wallace: My answer to this question is always evolving, but I think that mostly I write in order to figure things out and create connections. Journaling was my first writing love. I began journaling to capture experiences, but soon graduated to processing experiences – exploring my feelings, the context of what had happened on a broader stage, the history of ideas and happenings. Today, most of what I write continues to be an expression of my own curiosity and desire to explore and learn about the world, everyone and everything in it, and my own place and thoughts and heart. My writing also gives me a way to connect to myself, the world around me, and other people. And then there’s the idea that writing is a kind of rebellion as well as a path to discovery. That’s an idea I’ve continued to mull after writing that post. Lots to think about. Love to delve into “The Why.” How about you?
Julie Hennrikus: Wow, this is a tough one. I write because that is how I channel my creativity. And I like a good story, and creating one. I also write to entertain, hence the genre. I do like Jamie’s conversations about connections, because that is what I like about social media, and blogging–the connections you make with readers, and with your fellow bloggers.
Lisa J. Jackson: What drives me to write? An incessant need to learn. And the bottom line to that statement is that it’s a need to learn about myself and how I perceive and interact with the world. I can be in the exact same moment as someone else yet have a totally different reaction/interpretation to that moment, and that intrigues me to now end.
I like recording my thoughts and observations, and when writing for businesses, I like bringing my perspective to the table and seeing where the discussion goes. I’m constantly learning something new and writing is the best way (for me) to record my life. And I also write because it’s something I feel I can always improve upon and never master. There is so much variety to what to write and how to write it and why it should be written — like a kaleidoscope or a snowflake — the words won’t come to the page the same way twice. I could write about this forever. 🙂
Diane MacKinnon: I write, first, to know myself better. I’ve kept a journal since I was 11 and I found, over the years, that I could better know myself when I wrote in my journal regularly. My journal entries are a dialogue between my superficial self and my deeper Self and one usually has very different thoughts and motivations that the other. I write, second, to tell a good story and to explain my view of the world, if only to myself. I tell the truth in my writing, as I see it, even when I’m writing fiction. I just posted about my recent procrastination with my writing, but answering this question gives me even more motivation to get back to the page!
Deborah Lee Luskin: For me, writing is about epistemology – the theory of knowledge and understanding: How we know what we know. It’s also about process, discovery, recovery, and the geological plumbing of the soul, as well as the plate tectonics of ideas jamming together; subduction, inclines, sink holes. Writing is about language and the illusion of control. And writing stories is about teleology – everything tending toward an ending. So why do I write? I can’t help it.
Susan Nye: For many years, I wrote because I could. As a marketer in a new venture, I knew our product better than our agency so I ended up penning brochures and ads. When the company folded, I moved to a Fortune 50 company and the same thing happened. At the time, I never thought of myself as a writer, just someone who was pretty good at it.
Now I write to pay my bills and, even more important, because I love it. I love the process of writing; stringing words together and building a rhythm and flow. I love storytelling, revealing simple, universal truths and coaxing a smile from a reader.