Hi SEers! Denise here, and I’m going to talk about that spark that started me writing. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment it ignited in me, but I remember my exhilaration when I wrote a short story in my first year of high school. It received an A because of the story told. My teacher overlooked the grammar.
It was during this period in high school that I fell in love with creating stories. The fresh glow that came with my first love kindled that spark. Anything became possible as the world opened up and that writing flame grew stronger. I could create any realm and characters, then live there with them, just like reading.
Then I took classes that advanced my knowledge and skills. I explored new writing avenues that included children’s books, articles, poetry, short stories, and fiction.
Recently, that writing spark from my youth has dimmed. Although I was still writing, editing, and making deadlines, something was lacking. It went from being joyful to a burden. I had burnt myself out trying to become proficient at “everything” writing. Then doubt paid a visit. I wondered why was I writing? Have you ever felt like that?
That uncertainty made me contemplate why writers write.
Here are eight reasons I came up with:
- Answer the what-if.
- Educate or entertain others.
- Create a new world to visit.
- Resolve problems or issues in fiction or nonfiction.
- A way to express and learn more about the world and yourself.
- The stories must be told.
- Writing can be therapeutic and healing.
- A safe place to explore ideas.
Did you see a reason you started writing? What were your reasons?
Now, I’m encouraging that tiny spark by remembering why I write. When I sit down at the keyboard, I consider that young girl who found a creative world opening up to her.
Writing was my first love, and that feeling hasn’t gone away. Is there a lot more to learn? Yes, but it’s the reason I do it that keeps that spark burning bright enough so I can see the words.