Why do you do what you do?

I like to think of writing as running in a marathon.  For some people, it’s all about finding their own inner strength and realizing that they can achieve anything.  For others it’s all about winning the competition.  These people will constantly compare their own progress to that of their peers and their opponents.  They want to be known as the best there ever was and they study the best in hopes of surpassing them one day.

There are some people who use writing as a way to connect with others like them.  It’s a chance to compare and contrast values and beliefs that they have about writing and finding those lifelong friendships.  I’ve seen a lot of this on different blogs and websites that cater to writing.  They have many acquaintances but there are always one or two other writers who they truly open up to.  These are the people they are willing to talk and meet with outside of the internet and are probably always going to have a strong bond with.

All I’m saying is that writing is like running a marathon.  We all have our own unique reasons for doing it but at the end of the day, we’re all running in the same race together.  The good and bad, ups and downs are something we’ve all experienced or will experience as writers. We all hit that brick wall at some point where we push forward even though the temptation to quit pulls us back. We train, we race, and then we celebrate afterwards whether we were first or last across that finish line.  And for some, no matter how many lines they cross the race is never over.  They don’t run hoping to see a finish line; they run hoping to go a little further today than they did yesterday.

Why do you write?  Why do you do anything (art, photography, surfing, sports)?  Is there some meaning behind it or do you just do it because you can?


About cozycommons

I'm an active reader and a habitual writer who loves the good, the bad, and the ugly of the literary world.

Posted on September 19, 2012, in Craft, Opinion and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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