Why I Write: A Quote & Question

I began writing about power because I had so little.” ~Octavia E. Butler

If you ask most writers, published or not, why they commit themselves and endless hours of their lives to writing, and or the topics they choose to write about, many will take pause before giving you their answer.

13515398292kl2nFor most, the answer is multi-layered, generally revolving around the sun of cathartic warmth.

We write to obtain release from pressure, we write, like the late Octavia E. Butler, because we feel powerless in our real world, but we are in complete control over the worlds we create. (Even that is to a degree…strong willed character’s will fight their creators.)

My reasons for writing, my layers begin with a sense of “have to.” To not write means I am making the commitment to become a tense, grumpy grouch, with very little focus.

I become stagnant in all things as the weight of words that need release, have taken me hostage. The characters in my imagination begin gnawing off my mental ears, blinding my eyes with the veil of their worlds, versus my own true world.

…writing is my diary of boundless thought and emotion that I leave open for the world to see.

I don’t want to say I am a slave to writing, as my “want to” certainly out weighs, and out shines my “have to.” I am no more a slave to this craft than I am slave to breathing…I want to do that too.

I also write because it gives me voice. If you have read my About Author Artist Page, then you are aware that I consider myself an “introverted extrovert.” (There is a new fancy term for this now, but it eludes my thinking at the moment.)

Being such a person, I share much, but the more intimate facets (and sometimes the usual/basic thoughts) of my being are buried very deep within, sometimes even from myself. I write to express many of my untried feelings and emotions.

I am no more a slave to this craft than I am slave to breathing…I want to do that too.

Writing allows me to touch these feeling and thoughts and express them through my characters, either consciously or subconsciously. I lean towards Science Fiction and Fantasy, because there are no limits or boundaries within those genres. My nature is to be limitless.

In short, writing is my diary of boundless thought and emotion that I leave open for the world to see. Octavia E. Butler wrote for a sense of power in the face of powerlessness.

So, why do YOU write? What drives you? And why do you write about what it is that you choose to write about?

I would love to know.

Cheers!
*To find out more about Octavia E. Butler, visit www.octaviabutler.org

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