“I write because I have a story to tell” is only one way to answer the question, “Why do you write?” It is a question sometimes posed by publishers, agents and others interested in our motivation. Do you write to get your name in print, to make a living, to simply be read? Do you have a deeper, more emotional reason to write?
I suppose, depending on your personality and on what you write, the motivations differ.
On May 6, 1957 John F. Kennedy received the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage. Kennedy was a member of the U.S. Senate from 1953-60 and had been influenced by his own experiences, as well as by Herman Agar’s book, The Price of Union, in which a passage accounted the fortitude of Senator John Q. Adams. As a Federalist, the Senator had supported the Louisiana Purchase and Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo Act, which made him unpopular with Massachusetts Federalists and cost him his seat in the Senate. When Kennedy was inspired to write an account of eight senators in history who exhibited integrity and the mettle to suffer the criticism and resultant unpopularity in standing up for what they believed, he enlisted the aid of his speech writer, Tom Sorenson. The book was published, his authorship becoming part of his election platform.
Kennedy was inspired by the work of others in his field and wished to make a statement to the world that having the strength and courage to stand by your convictions, no matter the cost to your reputation or position, was admirable and even advisable. I believe he wrote specifically to convey this message.
Do you write as a hobby or a vocation? Is it the creative outlet you need? Is being published your ultimate goal? Are you freelance writing to supplement an income? Writing a blog for the fun of it and to connect with other like-minded individuals? Do you have a message to impart?
As for me, I have always sought out creative activities. I’m a voracious reader and have a great deal of respect for all writers. Learning anything new fires me up, so researching is one of my favorite aspects of this craft. Blogging and participating in social networking has provided me a connection to a world of new friends. I’m inspired by people and events in history, as well as by the strength and courage of women past and present. In my work in progress, the message will be that we are all flawed and all worthy of love and appreciation; we all have the ability to succeed if we believe in ourselves. To create my best work, be published and to garner a large following of readers will be the ultimate validation and reward for my hard work.
I’d love to know your reasons for writing, what motivates you, what inspires you…what will give you satisfaction?
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