W is for Why do You Write?

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?

love, Topaz