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Why I Write

Tumblr is addicting. Obviously The Sarcastic Muse tumblr is my favorite, but the Why I Write tumblr blog is a close second. It is a daily joy to go through the posts and read the reason as to why other writers write. However, the ones that make me ‘snaugh’ are the best.

Here is my all time favorite:


I could see myself getting into a lot of trouble. My stories are probably best kept to written fiction. They should probably never be made into a movie or a– (Chris Musgrave leans over and whispers something in my ear) Ohhhh, the kidnapping is the illegal part…

Then there is:


Lucky person. I wish I could only talk to my characters as I fall asleep. Unfortunately mine never shut the hell up. I now understand why people avoid me, the strange girl who is always “talking to herself”.


This one makes me a little sad:


I rather enjoy getting lost in my head. That world has endless ice cream and I can eat it all without gaining an ounce. Plus, I can fly.

This one comes with a warning label:


If you even try, I can guarantee you will walk away bleeding.

Challenge accepted:


I think most writers could go without breathing longer than going without writing.

Damn straight:


Quite possible the best answer in existence:


I write because if I don’t, radioactive-psychic-zombie hamsters will take over the world by mind control and force humanity to run in giant hamster wheels as revenge for stuffing their kin in glass, cedar chip filled aquariums. That, and the world is so much more interesting in my head that I want to share my world’s stories with all of you.

Why do you write?

9 thoughts on “Why I Write

  1. Because it’s cheaper than therapy.

    I think it’s cute that someone believes they have control over a character. How very quaint. My characters have more power over me than I’d care to admit. That’s why I spend my nights writing when I should be sleeping…but I can quit whenever I want…really…

  2. I’m having the sort of day where #144 may come into play. But I’ve been doing #173 since I was a kid, so that’s probably nearer the mark.

    These days, the real reason is so that I can do something I enjoy for a living. As motives go, it’s surprisingly under-rated

    • Almost everyday is a #144! It is sad that most people go about their lives doing things that they don’t enjoy doing for a living. We writers are a rare breed who truly understand our spot in life and what we need to do to achieve happiness (even if it is just a little bit).

  3. My answer is much simpler than all of these. I write because I have absolutely no peace of mind when I don’t write. Believe me, I’ve tried. By temperament I’m both lazy and fearful, so I’ve often tried to quit. But decades of experimentation have proven that in my life, no writing = no serenity whatsoever.

  4. Why do I write?

    Because I can’t NOT write.

    These were all terrific, Amanda, but my fav was #201…writing for me is like breathing. It’s necessary for my survival. TY.

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