Ello everyone! Sorry, this post is late because it's around 1 AM here - I completely forgot to post before midnight! Oh well, if it's any consolation, the reason I'm late is because I'm working on Frozen Hearts - it's coming along beautifully, if I do say so myself! ;)
Today I wanted to answer a question I get asked a lot. I'm not sure if it's just me or if all writers get this over and over again, but whenever I casually mention the fact that I write sometimes, the recurring cry, it seems, is always the same. From little old ladies to schoolteachers to random people at the bus stop: "why do you write?"
I mean, I suppose it's a fair question. It's not as if writing is the easiest thing in the world - especially for somebody like me, who's a bit younger than most of the writerly population. But at the same time, I tend to find myself gaping whenever I get asked this, because the answer feels so blindingly obvious that I'm shocked that people don't just know.
So for every single person who has ever asked me why I write... here's why.
I write because I believe in magic. I write because I'm hungry for stories. I write because it's who I am. I write to live vicariously through words. I write for the rejection, and the success that comes along with it. I write to prove everyone who's ever told me I can't, wrong. I write to inspire, and to make people sigh and gasp and laugh and cry. I write because it gives me wings. I write to create music. I write for beginnings and endings and for hellos and goodbyes. I write because I've fallen in love with words on paper. I write because it feels like coming home. And mostly? I write because there's a heck of a lot of things in this world that I'm not sure of, and putting them all in words helps me figure them out.
What about you? Why do you write?