Why we write: Answers from Great Writers 

It true that: having a good reason for doing something is a forward propelling factor.
This is true for writing as it is for everything else.
Thus, Writers write.
But why do they write?

Why write

I shared some of my reasons for writing in this post some months ago.

Today, I share with you five inspiring quotes from great writers about their reasons for writing.

1. To live. 

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.” ― Maya Angelou

2. To gain strength 

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” – Joss Whedon

 3. To find Expression 

“Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed.” – Zadie Smith

4. To thrive. 

“I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can’t be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head.” – Sylvia Plath

5. To send a message

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” – George Orwell

As you can see from Maya Angelou to Joss Wheldon, Zadie Smith, Sylvia Plath and to George Orwell, having a strong why can reinforce your determination to succeed at your craft.

Now your turn, 

why do you write? 

Tell me by leaving a comment below. 

About Amos Gideon Buba

Amos Gideon Buba is a writer, public speaker and entrepreneur who believes everyone can make a difference by getting their voices heard beyond the noise of the world.
Friendly and unpretentious, to him words are the best tools for instigating and actualising societal change.
Aside his books and pen, Gideon loves traveling and meeting new people.


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