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Why Writers Write

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Writing

I grabbed a pen and paper and began writing. I used sights, sounds, and scents. It was easier than what I thought. My mind went to ease and I felt like I could live another day. The best part was I didn't have to tell anyone. The uncomfortable feeling didn't need to occur. I felt lifted. I felt renewed.

To me, writing isn't just another hobby. It is an extension of our emotions. The writing is not just a few sentences and paragraphs holding together a message, but it is a way of expressing our fears, hopes, dreams, loves, personality, and our inner beauty.

When I was younger, I had quite a few problems like any other person my age. However, I never felt comfortable telling my friends or family about my situations or what might lie ahead. I didn't feel as if a journal could hold my thoughts, and I felt my thoughts wouldn't be easily explained in ordinary English. Nonetheless, I had to find a way to express my love and hate about certain subjects, no matter how big or small.

I have never really cared what others thought about my writings, because they didn't know the history behind the poems or the true meanings. My poetry was unique (or I like to think). I knew that every single poem is a part of my life and the emotions they hold are greater than the comprehension others can interpret. If I received some email of someone saying, "You suck bananas!", I didn't exactly care. I still don't. My poetry and my prose are mine. I might share it with others but it is for myself.

I personally like to try new things. I try out one of the many different types of poems or even write articles about present day events. I love to voice my opinion. Whether that is commenting on blogs or sending emails to restaurants after my dining experience, it doesn't matter. I tell it how it is and I'm very critical. It's who I am.

I may or may not be a great writer, but one thing is for sure, I love to write.

So why do writers write? It's not because of what others think as we (they) truly don't care one way or another, but it's because there is something magical about putting ink on a piece of paper and letting part of ourselves live on. Frankly, it doesn't matter how much someone says our writing stinks, because there will always be someone else who appreciates it. Ourselves.