October 25th, 2008

nanowrimo: since 2002

Why do I write?

There's a thread on the NaNoWriMo forums asking why we write. My response:

See my username. It's absolutely true.

I made a list several years ago of reasons I write. Many of them are still true, although I don't remember all the reasons.

I write to remember. Seriously, if I don't write something down, I forget it the next day. This is especially sad for those witty conversations that I want to remember, or the way the trees looked this afternoon, or the kind words spoken... the possibilities are endless. It's also bad because I've been so busy lately that I hardly have time to write, meaning I hardly remember what has happened in my life.

I write to forget. There's a big world out there, one that I've already begun to explore, slowly but surely. But sometimes people in the world does bad things. Just look at the front page of any newspaper. When I'm writing, it's just the words and me, in perfect unity. Nothing can separate us, no matter how long I'm staring at the paper or the screen.

I write to stay sane--well, as sane as any NaNoer is. There's something about writing that helps me maintain that delicate balance. Some people go to therapy or take pills for that balance. I write for it.