Why? “Probably so we can think twice.” Bill Watterson, cartoonist and creator of Calvin & Hobbes
I personally have so much fun with the “why” question! My automatic, subversive and intuitive response is always “why not?”
I like the whys and the becauses but experience has taught me that occasionally one can get lost in the reasoning, the motives and the analysis – not forgetting that some people do get defensive with such a question that demands inner exploration and a positional “defense.”
Someone yesterday asked why I write. He claimed he liked my posts but he could not figure out why I wrote.
So, why do writers write? Why do people do what they do? Isn’t the question fundamental accompanying every action we take? Or isn’t it? Why does it matter? Why does it matter to you? And would readers react differently if they knew why authors wrote why they wrote? When price is not an issue, when ideas float for free, when nothing of physical value is bartered, how do you value and measure worth? How do you objectively evaluate like and dislike, pleasure and annoyance, no versus yes?
Made you think? If you are still reading this, you must have. So, I am happy – as this was my goal – to simply make you take a position…
So, now that that’s out of the way, let me get personal.
I write because I love writing. I love ideas, information, sharing thoughts, emotions, ponderings and conversations. Life is richer that way. To me, that’s fun.
I also write because I am grateful. Grateful for having the ability – through writing – to share my thoughts with others – because I let the sun come through – because this writing is a door that opens up possibilities. Possibilities shared are possibilities gained as they are imparted with others.
That’s all. Nothing to sell, nothing to pay, but lots to gain.