Why I Write

I write because I always have. Because I narrate the world inside my head anyway.

I write even though I’m not a storyteller and I have trouble with plots and I never finish anything.

I write because I love words and I love language and what it can do. I write because I read. I see the world in words in my head, not pictures. Words are how I engage with the world. The shape of them, the weight of them is a part of their meaning. The history they carry with them; my history and their own. It’s why misplaced apostrophes hurt – it’s not the same word and the meaning is broken.

I write to get the words out of my head, at two in the morning, in the dark.

I write because I want to share – what I know, what I’ve learned – so maybe I am a storyteller after all.

I write because sometimes it’s easier to work out what I feel if I pretend it’s happening to someone else.


2 thoughts on “Why I Write

    • Hi there, I’m so pleased to know the narration thing is not just me! I wonder if it’s common to most writers? Your project sounds exciting and I’d love to keep track of how it goes. I don’t think I’m able to participate just at the moment, but I wish you all the best luck as you go forward!

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