Why someone puts pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard is an extraordinarily personal matter. If you ask ten people why do you write?, you’re likely to get ten very different answers. Because I write mostly creative nonfiction, my writing is particularly personal. I’ve often been asked: why do you share such intimate details of your life in your books, for all the world to see and read? My common reply:
I know, that answer is kinda glib. The truth is, on any given day I’m writing for reasons that may be completely different from why I was writing the day before. For example, my humor column, Dock Tale Hour, is for fun, to share my quirky view of the world around me. However, when I’m writing a policy manual or a training curriculum for an agency, they are most definitely NOT interested in my particular sense of humor. Additionally, sometimes there are human interest stories I write for newspapers because I want to help share an important story focused on someone, or some issue, that is not Kimba-centric.
Recently, my book manager asked this very question–Why Do You Write?–of the authors who work with her and as part of the campaign: #write2016. Being a creative bunch, we took the challenge a bit further and created memes that describe our writing proclivities and inspirations.
I’m betting you’ll love these images as much as I do:
Now, it’s your turn, why do you write?
Would love for you to share your answers in the comments section below.