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Why do writers write?

30 May 2014

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

Thomas Berger


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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