Sunday, June 13, 2010

Why Write???

I've spent the past two weeks on Cape Cod, walking the dunes of the bay and drinking copious amounts of wine, so please forgive me for waxing philosophical. But here's the question:Why do you write? I believe that, beyond all else I write to be heard. I want to connect with a reader; to amuse or edify or inspire.
I know the question has been asked before. And a lot of writers, myself included, have said to make money. Or to get published and make money. It is a good goal, and we should want to be rewarded for our endeavors. There should, in my humble opinion, be more of a value set on good writing. But the truth of the matter is that there are several million easier ways to make money than by writing, and that this is especially true if you write fiction or poetry. Getting published is a numbers game that has more to do with savvy and stubborn persistence than with talent. So money is, at best, an elusive goal. And, for me, at least, it's not the ultimate goal.
So, what is it that keeps you coming back to your keyboard or your journal or your Smith Corona? Why do you write?

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