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Why Do You Write?

It's Fun
To Escape
To Express Myself
'cause if I stop, I'll die
Never Really Thought About It
To Spite Pat Buchanan
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:35 am
Nate says...

I'm kind of surprised I've never done this (although maybe I did and just forgot), so here's a poll asking why you write.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:38 am
WarthogDemon says...

It's fun. Helps me figure things out. And if I can't figure it out, I can make it up.

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Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:53 am
David Guinness says...

Whilst writing, I can express myself whilst having fun whilst spiting Pat Buchanan.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:11 am
Wiggy says...

If I stop, I WILL die. It's really a mix of all of those reasons, especially expressing myself. But it's the truth-I stop, I die.

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Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:50 am
Myth says...

I write because it is such fun, I like to have new ideas and because I get to be the boss.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:02 pm
Roaming Shadow says...

It's mostly a form of expression. I have always loved a good story, and once I actually started writing myself, I wanted to write unique, interesting, and hopefuly engrosssing reads. I try to delve into human emotion as best I can, to make my worlds and stories as believable as possible. It's, actually something that is a little tricky for me to truly explain.

That, and it is fun. I love coming up with new ideas (I likely have too many to ever flesh them all out). And, well, yeah. I guess that's all I can really say.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:36 pm
Ohio Impromptu says...

You know, I haven't really thought about it until now. I chose the 'express myself' option, but I had to think a bit first. If a lack of writing caused me to die I would have been dead a long time ago, so that couldn't be it. Spiting Pat Buchanan is part of everything I do, so I can't call that a reason for writing. It isn't fun; the act of writing is ugly and aggravating, but the feeling of having written is to feel like the greatest thing in existence.

Upon second thought, I write for the joy of creation. There is no doubt in my mind that if I could draw or paint I wouldn't be a writer, because I'd get all of the pride in creation, but without the smallest trace of paperwork. I hate paperwork.

Upon thinking about it more, I could give thousands of reasons. However, none of these reasons can be explained in a post like this. Maybe one day I'll write an essay (because its the cool thing to do), but right now I'll stick with:

I write because Kurt Vonnegut told me to.
Gone, gone from New York City,
where you gonna go with a head that empty?
Gone, gone from New York City,
where you gonna go with a heart that gone?

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Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:59 pm
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Sureal says...

If I stop typing, or type at any speed under 50 letters per minute, I'll EXPLODE!
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:27 pm
Firestarter says...

I don't think I've ever written to express myself. I don't know why I write. I just do. I don't do it to define myself, or to stop myself from dying -- it's never really painful when I don't write. Writing itself is incredibly difficult, draining mixed with some moments of great achievement and fulfilment. So I could never say I write to keep myself happy.

I think I just write because I started writing and I've never given up on it. So, therefore, my reason would be that I write because I can.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:08 pm
Binky says...

Sureal wrote:If I stop typing, or type at any speed under 50 letters per minute, I'll EXPLODE!

Leaking the script for Speed 17, eh? Way to stick it to the man.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:21 pm
Sureal says...

Indeed; men scare me.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:27 pm
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:30 pm
Poor Imp says...

Perhaps it's inexplicable.

...but there is the possibility of probable fatality were I to stop. At least - that's my poll answer. Does other mean everything else?
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:30 pm
Caligula's Launderette says...


Actually no... I write both because it's fun and to express myself I suppose. As well as for the joy of creation. Plus I'm a tad insane and putting things on paper helps me clear out my mind.

I agree with Inertia, I write because Kurt Vonnegut told me to.
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Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:03 pm
Ares says...

I've never really thought about it...

I suppose...I just...always have. I liked it when I was little and it's been a habit ever since. I also think I'm good enough to make money by it some day. And if you can do something like writing to earn cash, why stop?

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