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Top 10 Reasons I Write

May 1, 2010

I originally started a post on Top 10 Reasons to Get Up in the Morning, but after struggling to even come up with one–and considering “because I have to” really isn’t that good of a reason–I switched to writing.

I started writing my first novel when I was 13. I look back on my first chapter and shudder, but the point is I kept writing. Yes, there were periods of time when I was unable to write due to life and such, but I always returned. I HAD to return to writing, which leads me to my first reason I write.

1. I have to write. There is no choice in the matter. Writing is like breathing.

2. Ideas are like chiggers to me. They get inside and niggle around until there is nothing left to do but get them out. Although, I’m thankful to have never experienced chiggers firsthand.

3. How else am I to show off my spectacular vocabulary and grasp of the English language?

4. I love reading and am constantly finding myself inspired by words. Growing up, my mom took my sister and I to the public library once a week and we would check out our weekly limit of books. When I would finish a book, I was always adding my own chapters or characters to continue the story. It’s only natural that would turn into writing my own books.

5. Imagination is something I am in constant supply of and think it should be encouraged in others. I am saddened by the lack of imagination in many of the younger generations today. I hate to blame video games, because my own imagination is often sparked by the few that I play–with the glaring exception of Tetris as I have never played a game of Tetris and then written a story about the nefarious world of stacking blocks in lines of 4–however, it seems people are too willing to have entertainment just handed to them instead of creating their own.

6. I want to have people read my books and feel the same way I do when I read an amazing story.

7. Writing allows me a tax write off for my pen and notebook fetish.

8. I consider myself a very creative person, however, I can’t draw to save my life. Seriously. I’ve had people not know what my stick figures are. You do NOT want me on your team for Pictionary. I can’t paint either, unless you count Paint By Numbers. I’m really good at those–when I’m not busy knocking the turpentine all over the painting and the wooden table underneath. Sorry, mom. Which leaves my creative outlet as the one thing I can do, write.

9. How else am I going to pay for my muscle car collection?

10. I have so many worlds and characters talking in my head that if I wasn’t a writer, I’m sure I’d be institutionalized or at least heavily medicated. *glances around furtively* Uh-oh. Didn’t the men in the white coats get the memo? I’m a writer! The voices are okay. GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME!!!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2010 5:56 am

    LOL on #8. I remember that incident. It’s weird that we both got the creative writing gene but none of the rest.

    • May 2, 2010 6:10 am

      You should remember that, considering that table is currently sitting in your dining room this very second. If it survived me, what’s three rowdy boys?

  2. May 2, 2010 5:57 am

    I just posted a comment and then saw the icon next to my name. What the heck is that thing? A unicorn booger who just ate a jelly donut?

    • May 2, 2010 6:08 am

      I think you may be right. I guess I have a random monster picker if you don’t have an avatar set up. hehehehe…monster picker….

  3. May 2, 2010 6:12 am

    LOL Agreed, I love number 8 too.

    CJ- Unicorn booger eating jelly donut…. your mind is scary.

  4. May 2, 2010 6:17 am

    HEY! Mine is purple. I think it’s prettier than the green one. Nanananana

  5. May 2, 2010 6:21 am

    Wonder if it gives me the same monster every time I comment?

  6. May 2, 2010 6:22 am

    ACK! It does! I signed up for a WordPress account but it didn’t give me the option to set up a profile pic. Might have to open a blank blog just to get one. Sheesh.

    • May 2, 2010 6:56 am

      You need to set up a gravatar image. Should be on your Dashboard at the bottom. Glad to know that it is at least consistent for you. Looks like Mr. Broccoli was taken out by the Jelly Donut via Unicorn Horn in the Conservatory.

  7. May 2, 2010 6:23 am

    Prettier? Yours looks like a mutant purple squid with four extra limbs doing an awesome Jazz Hands impersonation. Hey Look! It’s Richard Simmons in monster form!

  8. May 2, 2010 6:31 am


  9. May 2, 2010 4:42 pm

    ooooo… I wonder what MY avatar looks like… Cool new blog =)

  10. NL Gervasio permalink
    May 2, 2010 7:59 pm

    #10 – you and me both, sister! LOL

  11. NL Gervasio permalink
    May 2, 2010 8:00 pm

    I don’t get a monster. *pouts* Doesn’t matter, I’m a werewolf anyway. =p

  12. Shawna permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:49 pm

    Love the blog post but the comments? WIN! : ) And now I’m curious as to what monster I’ll get. ; )

  13. Shawna permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:50 pm

    It’s a bunny-pig!! Who threw the key-lime pie at its face?

    • May 7, 2010 11:34 pm

      I did! I did!

      • Shawna permalink
        May 8, 2010 9:07 am

        *grumble grumble* Unicorn boogers…. Hey crystal… do you have four legs?

    • May 9, 2010 10:03 am

      No, Shawna. Those are two extra arms growing out my ass so I can grab the sneaky kids at my back. People stare, but hey, it works.

      • Shawna permalink
        May 9, 2010 10:21 am

        Proof positive evolution hasn’t failed….. hey, where is HC Palmquist?

      • May 9, 2010 10:22 am

        Probably sleeping… N moved in yesterday.

  14. May 7, 2010 10:28 pm

    Tax write offs. Really, this is the only reason I write.

    • May 8, 2010 12:19 am

      Well, that and the fact that your writing is full of awesomeness. Love the monster. 😉

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