Why I Write in My Free Time

Writing has been around for thousands and thousands of years. 129,864,880 books have been published in all of modern history, according to Google. That is a lot of pages and words, and much more than anyone will ever be able to read in their lifetime.

I frequently hear about people giving up on writing because they came to the conclusion that what they have to offer won’t be able to stand up to those estimated 130 million volumes that are already out there. They let the fear of not being good enough prevent them from writing the book dwelling in the deep recesses of their mind.

You and I, as writers, have a choice to let fear get the best of us. We can let it freeze us in terror the moment we set our fingers on the keyboard or even prevent us from turning on the computer. I, for one, am not going to let that happen. What makes me sit down, turn on my computer, open my writing program, and begin to write? Well, that is quite an easy explanation.

To Escape

Working at full-time production company every weekday and not having a car to go to very many places can become exhausting. Writing allows me to jump into a world of my own where the things that are impossible here are possible. Through my writing, I have trekked through the mountains, crossed a expansive desert, and sailed an ocean in which great and terrible monsters dwell. I have fought demons and monsters, and witnessed the stars up close. Writing has given me the opportunity to escape to a place that is not as mundane as the real world.

To Discover

If you talk to a writer, chances are they will tell you they learned something about themselves while they were writing a large portion of their novels. My current work-in-progress has given me the chance to discover aspects of myself that I may not have realized if I wasn’t writing.

I Have Something to Say

Referring to the above point, what I have learned about myself while writing is not limited to just myself. Getting my writing out to the world allows people to have the chance to discover themselves through my words. Even if what I write only changed the life of one reader, I would be happy with that. If I didn’t write, then that person’s life might not be changed.

I Need It

I know it might sound strange, but I truly need to write. I thought it was weird for a while, but then I had a realization that writing is something that I absolutely have to do. One day, I was having a pretty difficult time, and had no idea what was going on with me. Towards the end of the day, I realized what the issue was — I hadn’t written in three whole days. Needless to say, I grabbed my laptop, opened my manuscript, and started to write. A good 2,000 words later, I felt much better. Writing is a way for me to ground myself.

There are many more reasons to why I write, but to put them on here would result in a very long post that I am sure that you might get tired of before you were able to finish it.

What about you? Are you a writer? If so, why do you write? Let me know in the comments!

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