Books Magazine

Why Do We Write?

By Jennyphresh @feralpony
"I'd rather be known as a writer than do the actual writing."--My friend Sam, a published author
"I hate writing. I love having written."—Dorothy Parker
I wonder: Is writing really all about the completion, the ensuing love? Why choose this path, when one could have been so many other things: a goat herder, an accountant, a nailer of nails, a carrier of rocks, a subway mime? Fame and satisfaction might be theirs, too, and a lot faster.
Yes, having it done and sealed up and your love assured is fine and good, but then—the hovering expectation when anything can still happen. That is better, perhaps. The moment when the world goes still and silent and the only things still moving are your hands, small and clumsy in the glare of the screen. (Or, if you've taken a proper typing course, capable and sure. I have not. I have already established that I am a fool, and type with a special blend of four swift fingers.)
Why take this path? Why, for example, did I rise at 4:00 am last Wednesday and wander to the computer screen to type a single line of text? It was a title for a story, nothing more. What mad and foolish pride would let me think that precious line too good to be lost?
My title contained a character's name. I worried that if I left him at the edge of sleep, he would wink out of existence. Perhaps it's something like wondering if I had turned left that day, instead of right, my children would never have been born. I woke in the morning and leaned over my saved document, like patting my pocket for a stone I found.
"Write it down, write it down, write it down," the voice says. It says it at the most inconvenient times:  when I am weighted down with bags and wedged in like a cow in the subway. I obey, even if it means the anger of lost sleep and a scrabbling after linty, sticky pens. Sometimes the pens are wrapped around with stray hairs and their nibs poke holes in my baggie of "emergency almonds"—my purse is a cruel wasteland. But it always contains a pen.
Do we write for adulation? Do we write to see our names on the wall? When I'm gone, there will be more than baggage and tag sale treasures to turn out of my house. I have saved the lives of characters. I have loved words. What else could I have done? I could, instead, step out into the wide world and be nothing, nothing at all. I could close this screen and step away, and I could be happy. I would go to the park. I would speak with people.
But no. We occasionally choose disaster and heartbreak. We invite joy. We want to live all the lives we could have had. We are greedy hoarders, revelers, egomaniacs, bearers of sadness, fools for long and fine moments when even the house seems to tremble and await what we'll bring. We wake in the night.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Capt. Charles Morgan is Gulf To Table Certified

    Capt. Charles Morgan Gulf Table Certified

    Most restaurants peppered along the Gulf Coast claim to serve fresh local seafood, but when you utter the name Harbor Docks, claim becomes fact. Read more

    9 hours, 23 minutes ago by   30aeats.com
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Does Coffee Raise Blood Sugar? Preliminary Findings.

    Does Coffee Raise Blood Sugar? Preliminary Findings.

    A few weeks ago, I started an experiment to better understand how different foods and lifestyle decisions impact blood sugar, using a constant-glucose-monitorin... Read more

    9 hours, 49 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • New Music Round-up Featuring Everything Everything, Sl0tface, Quiet Lions,...

    Music Round-up Featuring Everything Everything, Sl0tface, Quiet Lions, False Advertising Samoans

    Everything Everything – ‘A Fever Dream‘ (live) This video sees Everything Everything showcase the title track from their new album in all its glory. Read more

    9 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Spectralnights
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
  • WhatsApp Spy – Monitor Someone’s Calls, Chats & Multimedia

    WhatsApp Monitor Someone’s Calls, Chats Multimedia

    Are you aware of the fact that WhatsApp has one of the biggest fans following worldwide? It has more than 100 million users. It is obvious that employees,... Read more

    10 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Ruby Mariah
    GADGETS, TECH
  • The Best Of : The Processional

    The processional is one of those key moments in a wedding day; a moment which can be a one in a lifetime event. As a wedding photographer, it’s vital that we... Read more

    10 hours, 12 minutes ago by   Belinda Mccarthy
    SELF EXPRESSION
  • Eating Healthy in Barcelona3 Min Read

    Eating Healthy Barcelona3 Read

    One of the great cities of the world, Barcelona is a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. An estimated 32 million people visit the city each year to walk... Read more

    10 hours, 16 minutes ago by   Healthytravelblog
    TRAVEL
  • Will Coconut Oil Kill You?

    Could coconut oil kill you, like the American Heart Association recently announced? Here's a man who has mistakenly been healthy and ripped for many years from... Read more

    10 hours, 32 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE