Why do you write? You don’t need to react to the question right away. Save your answer for the comments and keep reading.
Wouldn’t it be great if I was the first to share my answer, especially when it came with a story?
Okay, this is the story narrated by me.
Not long ago, my cousin Noy, alongside some other relatives on my mother’s side, came for a visit. Noy is 14 years old, tall and full of energy; he loves to talk and has immense curiosity.
It was an afternoon when I showed Noy around the city by motorbike. After riding for a while, we stopped and started making small talk.
“What is your dream now?” he suddenly asked.
“My dream?” I mumble. “Well, I want to be a… writer.”
“Cool! You really love speed. I want to be a rider, too.”
My bad! My low voice has made him mishear the word, I thought. I’ll say it again, clearer and louder.
“I want to be a WRITER!” I used my right hand to draw the word “write” in the air.
He nodded his head and looked at me. There was a momentary pause before he asked his last question.
“Why do you write?”
I remained silent for some more minutes. Then we headed home.
That night, the unanswered question popped up when I was perfectly ready for sleep. Indeed, it had been on the back of my mind ever since I got asked.
For the longest time, I didn’t have the question, “Why do I write” come up. I began to mull over other two questions, which were derived from that short question.
- “Do I write because I want to write?” I had to say no although writing is deemed to be the biggest passion of my life. I felt that the I-write-because-I-want-to-write thing was too intangible to be the reason for why I write. I wondered, 2 years from now, would I still be remembering that intangible reason? I wasn’t sure.
- “Do I write because I want to make money?” I didn’t hesitate to say a big no. It wasn’t that I had no moral objection to making money. Of course, I have to pay the bills. But I believe that writing for the sole purpose of money will burn me out at some points in life; worse, it might significantly affect my attitude toward writing, and that is not good.
When the clock stopped at 4, I slept.
I spent the next day searching and reading a slew of articles written about writing. Some made sense, some resonated. At the end of the day, not only did I satisfactorily reach the idea of setting goals, but I also wanted to make an impact with my writing. (I know! The phrase “make an impact” has been used way too much recently. Anyway, wouldn’t it be great if my words were marked and my ideas were spread?)
Unfortunately, you’ve gotten to the end of the story.
Now comes the fun part: my answering the question. Stay tuned!
My thought is simple: Setting goals gives my writing direction and keeps me on track while the making-an-impact mindset clarifies the goals.
To make an impact with my writing, I have to write a lot of good pieces. Which brings me to my goals (as of this writing):
- Practice writing on a daily basis
- Publish 2 posts on this blog on a weekly basis
Eventually, I have the answer; I know why I write.
If Noy happens to ask me the question once again, I will assertively answer, “I write because I want to make an impact by writing a lot of good pieces.” [Click to Tweet]
Now is your turn: Why do you write?