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Writing and Why We Do It

There are many aspiring writers in the world, myself included. Writing means different things for different people — a creative outlet for some; an emotional release for others; and for many, a terrifically boring homework assignment. All writers have one thing in common: no one enters the business of fiction writing solely to make money. Brandon Mull, a very successful children's author, said as much at a book signing I was lucky enough to attend. Much like the world of acting, it is very difficult to get a big break and become famous enough to live off of your passion. So why do so many of us try to do it anyway? 

Depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer. For me, it started simple. I started reading very young, and quickly fell in love with stories. One day my little child brain figured out that writing is done by somebody making up stories and characters — something I already loved to do. I decided then and there to become an author. That was ten years ago. To this day, that dream has not changed. My mind is always swirling, thinking of story ideas and characters and fictional worlds beyond the realm of reality. There's nothing that makes me happier than writing it all down, bringing my beloved characters to life, and sharing these stories with people who love to hear them. 

The more I've written, the more I've realized it's blessed me far beyond the passion of writing. Every character a writer makes contains a little piece of themselves, whether they realize it or not. Only recently did I realize where many of my characters come from. I wish to be more confident and less socially timid, so I wrote a character with all the confidence in the world, with the power to sway hundreds in colorful webs of words. I regret how I lost much of my childhood tenderness as I've grown, so I wrote a character whose heart is as big as an ocean and whose mind is like a steel trap. I yearn to think more positively, so there came to be a character who refuses to let life get her down, even in dire poverty. Without

realizing it, I put pieces of myself into the

story. Without realizing it, I’ve come to terms with myself, and started  to overcome my flaws. Without realizing it, I’m able to move past the pain in my life. It has even highlighted hidden strengths in me that I never would have discovered otherwise. If all these little pieces of me can reach a happily ever after, why wouldn’t I, the whole person, be able to do it, too?

Finally, I write because people need stories. Growing up, stories were my comfort and solace, making me feel braver, not so alone. I decided to write not just because I needed it, but because I know that I'm not the only one who does. How many children out there spend their free time in the library, hungry for the words that tell them dreams can be possible? For the companionship of the characters? For the immersion of literature to escape life's challenges for a while? I wouldn't have survived without the books that graced the childrens' shelves in my school library. If I can help others like me go on trekking through life by telling a story, then I'm going to do it. It will be my way of putting something positive into the world that wasn't there before. 

If you were to ask a different writer why they write, you would likely get a very different answer. Every writer is completely different from the other. After all, we are people, with entirely different experiences. Whatever the reason–even if it is just an ill-advised ploy to get money–I'm glad that there are people who write. I'm glad that I write. And I'm very glad that you took the time to read this article. Because something every writer, no matter who, can tell you is that there is no better feeling than the knowledge that someone liked your work enough to read it all the way through to the end. Even if that is all a writer gets in return for writing, it is enough. If you are an aspiring writer, or have a child with a passion for storytelling – write on! You're creating something that has never been created before. If you keep on doing it, you might surprise yourself, and find hidden strengths in you that you never could have imagined were there. So tell those stories. Don't let anyone stop you. Most importantly, do what makes you happy.

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