Tuesday, August 23, 2011

When in doubt, write it out!

Over lunch last week a friend asked me a simple question:

“Why do you write?”

Honest answer number one, income. Answers two through seven were more heartfelt; I’ll share.

Creativity: I cannot paint, dance or sing; self-expression must escape somewhere or I run the risk of artistic hemorrhage. (And for the sake of those in a 5 mile radius, singing is off the table.)

Sanity: My subconscious is like an over caffeinated Disney ride; boundless story ideas careening off in wild directions, screaming and shouting for a place to call home. This leaves two options; corral the rowdy ride into something worth reading, or admit I hear voices. (Stigmas abound.)

Anger Management: We all have moments of homicide contemplation. (Think family reunion or staff meeting.) Killing fictional characters carries no jail time.

Calm: When Mommy writes – no one is allowed to interrupt unless blood spills. If the laptop is a rockin – don’t come a knockin’. (Truth – I sometimes type up grocery lists just to be alone. Shhh.)

Growth: Creative writing challenges me to think beyond the confines of structural reporting; a little mental growth is a good thing.

Love of Words: On average, I devour two books a week. Everything from biographical non-fiction to the smuttiest of smut! (Variety is the spice of life, both on and off the pages.) I cannot imagine achieving success as a writer without a genuine love for reading. Find me an author bio not containing the phrase, “I have loved books since I was a small child.”

So, there you have it. I write to stay employed, creative, sane, out of jail, calm, challenged and informed.

Huh? Maybe more politicians should write autobiographies?


Chris Curtin said...

I'd add to share information not easily found. Sometimes after hours/days of searching for something I'll write the solution in my blog just so someone else can find it.

Also helps sometimes to write things that are hard to say/express in a short time.

Not sure how you find time to read two books a week though!


Kathryn Elliott said...

Chris - of course I have time to read two books, it's Yankee season and hubby hogs the remote!

Mindy McGinnis said...

Like you, I write because of the everything going on in my head. If I didn't write, or stopped writing, the ideas wouldn't stop coming.

So I might as well write :)

And sanity plays into it too.

Kathryn Elliott said...

Mindy - Glad I have company! Writer minds, scary places, but oh so much fun!:-)