Why do you write?

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I’ve always considered myself creative and love being around other creative people. I interview people because I love connecting with creative people and understanding what inspires them and how they do what they do. Some of my favorite creative people are writers. Why do you write? Read on for why I write and let me know why you write.

I wasn’t always a writer. I got into reading and writing in high school. I used to think reading was tedious because of the books they made us read in school. Then I started reading professional wrestling autobiographies, including Have A Nice Day by Mick Foley and thrillers by James Patterson, and I realized that reading could be fun. In 2022, I read more books than ever: 114 books. Since 2014, when I started tracking it on Goodreads, I’ve read anywhere from 30 to 60 books a year or more. As for writing, I had a great English teacher in high school who helped me realize that I was skilled in this creative endeavor, and I haven’t looked back since.

So, why do I write? I write because I feel compelled to do so. Every day, I feel inspired to write something new for my website or the book I’m working on about the first 20 years of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Thankfully, I get paid to write for a living as well. The ultimate payoff for writing is when someone tells you that what you wrote meant something to them, that they thought the quality of what you wrote was exceptional. I’ve gotten these words of encouragement from family members, bosses, friends, and followers. And while this praise is lovely, my prime motivation for writing is myself. I need to want to write about whatever it is that I’m writing and be proud of the final version. The external praise that may follow is simply the icing on the cake.

I firmly believe that all creative people should continue to create until they die. The fact that Billy Joel hasn’t written and recorded a new song in 15 years is a travesty. Yes, he continues to tour and perform. But he’s letting his immense talent as a writer and recording artist wither away. They say we should leave this world better than we found it, and creative people do that by creating as much as possible before the final curtain comes down. Those who don’t are squandering their gift.

I don’t intend to waste my talent as a writer. This year, I will write more than ever before. And I won’t slow down anytime soon. How about you? Why do you write? What inspires you to pursue this endeavor? Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic. Most of all, put pen to paper today and express yourself through the written word, if not for yourself, then for the world.

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2 thoughts on “Why do you write?

  1. I write partly to keep my brain functioning, but mostly because I love the challenge of telling an entertaining story. My creative comfort-zone is uncertainty about whether I can pull this one off.
    Thomas B. Sawyer – screenwriter, novelist, playwright

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