Why I Write?


They say: Do what you love.

I say, I love to write.

They say: Write what you know.

At my age, that’s a lot, but unfortunately,

At my age, there’s also a lot I don’t know.

They say: Know what you write.

I know to Google things I’d like

to write more about.

For instance, I wanted to know why the masters wrote. What I found on Google was that the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio had already put together a list of famous writers on why they write.

I like simple and to the point and the following author quotes summed it up for my sometimes cluttered brain.

“That’s why I write,” says Chuck Palahniuk, “because life never works except in retrospect. You can’t control life, at least you can control your version.”

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” – Gloria Steinem

But my favorite and probably the quote that best expresses my rationale is the one by Flannery O’Connor:  “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” (And then when you read what you say,  the truth of it will make you odd. It’s probably our Catholic upbringing.)


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