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    Why do we write?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by littleparisdress, May 31, 2009.

    Hi

    Why do we write? Everyone has their own secret about why they write, but why do humans like to tell stories? Overall, why does our race tell stories?

    Feel free to give me your secret about why you write too. For me, I think it is just the feeling of letting my imagination run wild, and just being able to write!
     
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    When I die, I want the world to know just how insane I really am.
     
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    Because there are worlds in my head that don't like being there and if I don't get them out they'll turn into a tumor.

    Honestly, writing for me is just one form of creativity that I could be content living with. It's new to me, but creating is not. I have drawn, painted, sculpted, written screenplays, designed video games, and written poetry. At this point, I've turned to writing short stories and a novel which I hope I can stick with since it seems to be the most enjoyable and rewarding option for me right now.

    I create because it's the only thing I can be happy doing. It's the only thing that makes me feel accomplished when the day is over, whereas a conventional job does not.

    Perhaps I will never make a cent writing, but that's the goal. My body and brain are not built to work in a warehouse or garage. My personality isn't suited for working with the public and every type of heavy "man" work makes me miserable.
     
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    If you seriously want to explore this question in greater detail, I think some of the works by Joseph Campbell would help you out. I think it's one those things that's hardwired into us, it fills a need.
     
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    Stories unite us - both with each other and with those that exist only within them. Millions of people have read millions of stories and millions of writers write them.

    Even today, when it seems to me that reading is a dying art, think of any other thing that can get one hundred strangers to sit silently in a dark room like a movie can.

    Stories are a part of us as much as our skin and bones. We believe in happy endings despite what reality throws at us. The unhappy girl will find her prince. The good guys will win. The bad guys will know justice. And the cool thing is that stories can make this stuff real... well, more possible at any rate.

    I write because I am a writer. I'm not a good writer but I don't think I'm a bad writer either. Writing is what makes me happy so I write.
     
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    I think the human race, and individual nationalities, have different traditions of stories and poetry. Asian ghost stories, Gaelic ballads, English drama, etc. It's the need for entertainment and to better understand human emotions that made the first writers write, and it's not too different now. And writing will always be one of the most effective ways to convey a message that would be impossible to get across through speech or video.

    Personally, I write to preserve the knowledge I've gained from oral stories about Gaelic history. When I started researching them, I went to the Western Isles, expecting to hear a few old songs. Now I'm searching for these stories around the world, in Gaelic America, Canada, England, and Australia, through expatriate Gaels I've found on the Internet.

    I intended to fill in the blanks - when a few leaders were born, etc. But I have found out that, rather than backwards agrarian warlords and unclean peasant classes, we are dealing with dynamic cosmopolitan nobility and well-fed and valued clansmen when discussing Gaelic history.

    I did not expect to be able to use the words socialist, equality, tolerance, and multi-cultural society to describe the 13th century Kingdom of the Hebrides. But I can do so with justice, and that information needs preserving. Look for yourself.

    It also needs getting across to a wider audience and to be Hollywood compatible, so I span a fiction story based on the plots of various oral histories put together, and am writing it.
     
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    Its a social adaptation. Read any of the current Darwinian literary critics. Start with Brian Boyd's On the Origin of Stories.
     
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    I do not have a choice when it comes to writing. I can't describe it other than an addiction which fuels me to perpetually abuse myself in terms of social graces, an ability to make friends, enjoy the outside world, and have a proper job. In all ways my compulsion to write will most likely be my downfall.

    Though, I suppose if I weren't slightly insane I probably wouldn't be a very good writer, assuming of course that I am in fact a good writer. Oh God, if I am terrible then I am royally screwed. Oh well. It makes me happy.

    As for why we as a society tend to write? Who the hell knows. Maybe it's some gift from Christ or Vishnu that we feel compelled to use or else we'll be letting our grand creators down... or maybe we picked it up because no one was listening to us when we spoke out loud. Then again, in all fairness, there is a certain power in writing. Why do people speak? Well, to be heard. So, why do we write? To be read. On the other hand, I've been writing habitually since I was a wee little boy and I've only ever felt the need to have something published twice - one of which I did so myself entirely so nobody else would read it other than family and friends.
     
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    TRUE! But for me it's a bit different - most scenes are my dearest pet tumors. They *never* leave. I've had this one story for a year and a half, and it's still not ripe enough to be put into words.

    But the other reason I write is because I'm a narcissist. I love it when people recognize my work and are moved by it, wowed by it, encouraged by it, or even when all it does is get a good laugh out of a gloomy friend. I *love* reading my stories over and over again, fixing little things here and there, a never-ending tale.
     
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    It's because of the sense of wonder. When I come across something cool or interesting it fills me with a sense of awe, and I want to share that feeling with all the people around me who just don't seem to get it.
     
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    I personally cannot say why society has been driven to write, or what drives them to write. I can say however, that most of the reasons I have come across is because of an undescribable(sp?) passion that cannot be denied.

    I can however, say why I write. To me, it's just something I've always wanted to do. Since I was little I've always created stories, even before I really knew how to write. My siblings used to tape my mouth shut because I would go on and on about a story I had thought up - their efforts never stopped me. Then when I did learn how to write(not by much) I just let it come to me. I love writing, I love the imagination and effort it takes to do it. I love the challenge of making believable characters and plots. But most of all, I just love the feeling of a pen flowing across the paper, letting the words in my mind seep from my fingers, staining the paper with wonderous words that form the story. Or in some cases, the feel of the keys. ;)
     
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    The real world is too restricting for me. Too uninteresting. Writing is the closest I can get to reshaping the world to be how I wish it would have turned out. In other words, it's the closest I can get to being God.
     

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