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Why do you write: for self or for publicity?

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” 

Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974)

This is a quote I heard at the tail end of an episode on Criminal Minds – it was a fitting epilogue of what had just taken place, given that the criminal in question had been leaving strange writings on the bodies of his victims.

That line set me thinking, why do writers write? What is the real motivation behind the endless hours of typing and researching and compiling and editing? Perhaps it is to satisfy the ego or a deep inner need in our lives. Or perhaps it is for others to know that we can write, or for them to read our books, magazines and articles for pure entertainment or for knowledge sake.

The quote above gave me food for thought though. What would be more important to you when you write, your self or the public?

Let me know what you think…

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Have a great weekend!

The Writer

“A writer is an explorer whose mind, emotions, experiences and knowledge become the field of exploration in a journey that takes time to complete.”

“A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them.” (William Stafford).

Hello world!

Its nice to be here doing what I absolutely enjoy – writing! Come rain, sunshine, hard times, laughter or sadness, writing is the one thing that makes sense and gives me a chance to straighten out my thoughts and feelings.

Here is a piece of what I think about writing. It may make sense to you or not; or it may prompt you to pursue your own writing. Whatever the case, know that this is an awesome tool of expression that God gave mankind:

I write as I must

I write because I must write

I cannot wait till tomorrow – will be too late

Tender shoots springing up cannot be ignored

The strains of words I hear must grow louder

Till the notes and poems are brought to life

I cling to new indelible thoughts

I hold fast passing waves of notions

I prod the swollen stream of ideas

That burst open soon as I will to write

The shores of my intellect teem

With graceful curvature of verse upon verse,

Totally free and green

Decked with wonderful inspiration;

Comforting and uplifting.

I therefore must write, if not for myself,

to produce new thoughts as fresh fruits of a tree;

then at least to complement the voices of other writers

welling up in this wide ocean of creative writing.