Considering the fact that I haven’t written regularly in ages, I find it hard to sit down and write about why I write. LOL I could tell you all of the reasons I’m not writing, but that wouldn’t be so entertaining, eh? :p
I think that for the most part those of us who write all do it for a lot of the same reasons. It’s fun (usually). It’s an escape from reality. It’s a world that we can control (until our characters go all crazy and change the plot on us). We get to write things the way we wish they were in our lives. We get to make the rules. We can craft characters after real people and make them suffer from karma in our stories. If I’m writing, I’m in control. I get to decide who falls in love and whose heart gets broken. I can write about brothers and sisters who get along instead of those who ignore each other. If I want to write hot kinky morning sex that doesn’t involve morning breath and other real life problems I totally can and it’s okay. Or if I want my heroine to talk about the sadness of chub rub in her favorite pair of jeans, I can do that too. Then of course there’s the idea that each of us hopes to write the next great American novel, or at least something that sells like Twilight but has much better writing. :p
I also write because I want to touch people. No, not in a creepy way… LOL I love when something I write moves someone and makes an impression in their world. Some of my good friends are people I met simply because they were fans of my fanfic and took the time to reach out and give me feedback. Sure, sometimes we have to deal with those somewhat annoying stalker-ish fans who don’t seem to have many boundaries… but thankfully those are far and few between.
I think we write for a lot of the same reasons we read. To lose ourselves in something else for a while. To fall in love with our characters and give us something fun to think about during our real lives. It’s escapism at it’s best. I love writing and I love the amazing people and experiences that writing has brought into my life.
So… how many days until our writer’s retreat, Bron? 🙂