Okay, so the YA Highway’s RTW topic for today is:
What is your number 1 reason for writing?
Interesting question, and fair warning: I realize I may be way over-thinking this one.
However, I spent this past weekend sitting in a classroom with about twenty other graduate students, talking about death. What we think death is. What we think death isn’t. How we feel about our own death. How death has affected us. How death affects others. Is death a fact? A right? A choice? And as morbid as all that may sound, I think we all realized pretty quickly that one cannot contemplate death without thinking critically about life. What does it mean to live?
Clearly there is no one answer to any of these questions. But for me, life is about finding meaning. I want to engage with and understand the world around me, and writing is the medium I choose to express my thoughts. Through words, I can be wise, foolish, hopeful, despairing, courageous, or fearful. I can be anything. Writing is that one place and process I’ve found where I can most eloquently work through my own ideas about what life is, about what living is.
So if writing is a way of finding meaning, then for me, to write is to live.
And that’s why I do it!