Why Do You Write?

Why DO you write?

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I used to say, “Because I can’t not write!”

But I’ve learned over the past eighteen months that I CAN indeed survive without writing. But it’s painful. I can feel my creativity and imagination shriveling during this time.

In his book 100 Things Every Writer Should Know, Scott Edelstein says to ask yourself honestly what you want to get out of writing. Dig deep. Search it out. Then make that your writing goal.

Here are a few of Edelstein’s possible reasons to write:

  • To express yourself.

  • To earn money.

  • To get rich.

  • To help readers grow.

  • To pass on knowledge or wisdom.

  • To move others emotionally.

  • To communicate your ideas, emotion, experiences, concerns, obsessions.

  • To connect with other people.

  • To connect more deeply with your inner self.

  • To test out your ideas.

  • To have fun.

  • To give pleasure to others.

  • To provide catharsis for what is inside of you.

  • To persuade others.

  • To help establish a reputation, authority, or expertise.

  • To build a career as a writer.

  • To create something beautiful or artistic.

  • To leave your mark on the world.

  • To impress others.

  • To earn approval, respect, or admiration.

  • To help readers escape.

  • To create something significant to pass on to people you care about.

  • To reveal truth.

Expanding that last reason reminds us that we Christians can write:

  • To proclaim the name of Jesus.

  • To encourage other believers.

  • To deal with tragedy in our lives.

  • To glorify God with the beautiful things we write. (Even if those things aren’t about “beauty,” if they are truthful and honest and wholesome, they are beautiful.)

  • To warn others not to follow in our errant paths.

  • To explore truths in Scripture.

Success as a writer is not measured by the number of books sold.

Success is measured by our effectiveness in accomplishing our God-given goals. When I’ve done those things the Lord has told me to do with my writing, I have succeeded.

The results of my writing, the impact my writing makes, is up to God.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://write2ignite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Jean-Hall.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jean Matthew Hall writes encouraging stories for children and the adults who love them. She encourages other writers by directing our Write2Ignite! conferences.[/author_info] [/author]

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