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Why do writers write?

30 May 2014

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.

Thomas Berger

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11 Comments to “Why do writers write?”

  1. It probably is there, but it isn’t written down.

  2. Why do I write? Because if I don’t I end up annoying my wife with stories that are bouncing around in my head. Why did I start? Because I watched or read too many movies and stories where I thought, “I can do better!”.

  3. I said something like this the other day.

    “I write the books that are missing.”

  4. I may have shared this story before, but here goes.

    Someone on a message board asked me why I write. I said, “I write for the same reason a dog scratches at the door.” In my head, the obvious comparison was that, like a dog, the stories in my head just had to get out and play.

    Then someone said, “To poop?”

    End of metaphor.

  5. Okay, Dan, that should have come with a spit warning. 😉 Almost ruined my tablet and a pair of capris.

  6. Because I’m not a writer – or an author – or a novelist.

    I’m a story teller.

    I have stories inside of me that need to be shared with others. Why else would I spend all the hours researching – and then writing?

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