Why Writers Love Writing

By on June 7, 2017
Why Writers Love Writing - Writer's Life.org

Sometimes writing can feel like a bit of a struggle.

When we’re not feeling inspired, or we are suffering from writer’s block (or whatever you like to call it), or are simply feeling a bit disheartened about the writing process, it can be all too easy to give up, switch on the TV and put writing to the back of your mind.

However, procrastinating your writing won’t help you get out of your slump, and giving up on your dreams is something you might always regret. So instead why not try in inspire yourself? Reading the reasons why writers love to write can put things into perspective, remind us why we love to create and give us the motivation to continue.

So let’s take a look at some of the reasons why writers love writing:

To express themselves

Many writers use their writing as a way of expressing themselves. They find that writing is the best form of communication, where they can organise their thoughts and say what they want to say in a coherent and meaningful way.

Because they have to

Many writers feel that they have to write. Not in a 'forced against their will' kind of way, but simply because, deep down, no matter how hard it can be, they have this burning desire and passion for writing, and that will never be suppressed.

To help others

Many writers feel as though their writing can reach out to people, and can help them. If you have ever been touched by a book, or read something that somehow seems to have reached into your soul and helped you make sense of the world, you’ll know just how powerful, helpful and life-changing writing can be.

To educate, inform and influence

Many pieces of writing provide us with incredible insights into the weird and wonderful goings on in the world. Writing can be used to help teach people what life was like at a certain point in history, or to influence them to think and even act a certain way. Many writers use writing as their platform to try to educate people or persuade them round to their way of thinking.

To be creative and let their imaginations run wild

Writing allows us to set our imaginations free, to create worlds where there are no rules and everything is possible, to explore our darkest fears, our most magical and unrealistic desires. Writing allows writers to build worlds, to get lost, to immerse themselves in different universes. Being creative can bring about so much joy, and that’s what writing is all about.

Because it’s fun

Writing isn’t always painful and laborious. Sometimes it can be so much fun. As a writer you are the puppet master, you have ultimate control. You can decide whether to shock and scare readers, to make them laugh, or to give them the happy ending they crave - what’s not to love about that?!

Because it’s therapeutic

Writing is calming, cathartic and truly therapeutic for many writers. Allowing them to express themselves and explore their emotions in ways that perhaps are too difficult or scary to do in everyday life. Many writers report the benefits of using their writing as a therapeutic tool, and you can too!

To live forever!

Of course, knowing that your writing is likely to outlive you is very humbling but also very exciting. To think that there will be people living many generations in the future who could pick up and read your book - there is definitely something quite special about that.

Writing can be a magical, healthy, exciting rollercoaster, and that’s why writer’s love it and never want to get off! Why do you love to write? Share it with us here!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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