Why Do You Write?

Why Do You Write?Recently, my son was standing over my shoulder as I was doing some writing. All of a sudden he asks, “Mom, why do you write so much? You are always writing something.” I giggled a little at the question but the only answer that immediately came to mind was, “Because I have to. It’s in my blood.”

That answer seems a little silly but the more I think about the conversation the more I realize that it is true. I just can’t NOT write. I am most “me” when I write. No matter what happens: whether I get published or not, whether I ever become “famous” or not, or even whether or not I get paid for my writing (which I certainly want to!), I still need to write.

For a long time, I suppressed that need to write. I was busy with the many responsibilities of “real life” and writing seemed more like a luxury than anything else. Sure I would journal semi-regularly, or write a blog post occasionally, but it wasn’t a regular part of my life. Writing wasn’t a consistent activity for me. But I missed it, terribly. And yes, I know it sounds trite or dumb but I felt “empty” in a way when I didn’t write for so long.

Now, for the last several months (even before resurrecting this website), I have been writing every day, almost without fail. And it feels good. It feels natural. It is one of the things I was definitely born to do. To mimic Jeff Goins, I am a writer. Now, I just need to take the next step and start sharing that writing a little more. 🙂

What about you? Why do you write? What is your why? If you couldn’t make money or be successful or become “famous” with your writing, what would be your driving force to write?

You don’t have to tell me. I just encourage you to think about your motivation so that when writing becomes hard – and it DOES become hard at times – you will keep going. Let’s face it. There are so many things that can pull us from writing from work, family, responsibilities to our (often irrational) fears and excuses. Thus, knowing your why can help you stay the course. Because, the secret to improving your writing, or for getting published, or for anything, really, is consistency. Would you agree?

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One Tool Every Writer Must Have by Her Side

There are a lot of tools that writers need or want in order to make their work as a writer easier.

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However, if I had to recommend only one tool that a writer should have, it would be a thesaurus.

Why? Because having a thesaurus handy will help you make better word choices, will help you from becoming repetitive, and it will even help you improve your vocabulary.

When you are having a difficult time putting words together while you write, or don’t like the sound of a particular word, browsing through the thesaurus will give you other words that you may not have thought of on your own.

Seriously, when I went back to finish my college degree, and had to write tons of papers and essays, the thesaurus and I became great friends. LOL! It was particularly helpful in finding a variation of transition words to use between sentences and paragraphs and in choosing more sophisticated or academic ways of saying certain things.

Which thesaurus should I use?

Personally, I use several different ones because, surprisingly, sometimes one thesaurus gives words that are not listed in the others. I use a hard copy of the Merriam-Webster thesaurus (aff), and several online versions:

http://www.thesaurus.com/

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

http://thesaurus.babylon.com/

If you don’t already, I highly recommend that you start using a thesaurus. I can almost guarantee that it will make a huge difference – for the better – in your writing.

Now, I have a question for you, what is YOUR number one writing tool that you can’t live without? Do share it in the comments!

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