why write?

Why Write

Do you know why you write? You should. If someone were to ask you what you get out of it or why you aspire to be published some day, you should be able to answer the question without a lot of thought. Why do you write? The quote from Joss Whedon above is a damn good answer to that question, but it’s not the answer. There isn’t one answer out there that’s the right one, though there are a few that are almost certainly wrong.

Writing is an emotional investment. It takes time and effort and energy. It’s not something you can plod through mindlessly. It’s not like watching TV. It’s like playing a series of chess matches.

With all that writing demands of you, it’s important for you to know why you do it. What do you get out of it now? What do you hope to get out of it in the future? Who are you writing your stories for? Why? Take the time to give those questions some thought. Maybe even put pen to paper and record your answers. In writing, the why is as important as the how.

You should know why.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

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