I Write Because …

I write because if I don’t write, I will explode or fade away into less than I was called to be or become even more twisted and bent than my choices and circumstances have already made me.

I write because it is a necessity that I capture these fleeting thoughts that beguile and befuddle and amuse and amaze and confound me before they escape like butterflies upon the wind.

I write because it is one way that I make money (yes, I am a freelance writer with paid clients).


I write because it allows me to speak my voice in ways that will survive long after I am gone and the echoes of any sounds I made have long since faded into the background vibrations of the universe.

I write in order to understand the things that are half-formed, inchoate, struggling upward to the light of reason and the thrashing of emotions and the heat of life — the possible Truths that will not give me peace unless I let them out and give them a home on the page.

I write because it is a way to reach out from my solitude to find another living being and to pour a few drops of my soul into theirs.

I write to share what I have learned through experience and research and thought and logic and intuition about the slices of the world which I have encountered.

I write to help others, to call attention to injustice and to salute those who showed courage or understanding or kindness or love, especially in the face of adversity.

I write because I am a Writer and I MUST WRITE.

This post was based on Day 1 of the Writing101 Class from Blogging University.



About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed. Mobile Notary Public and Signing Agent, Freelance Writer, and Ordained Minister. Willing servant to cats. Science fiction and fantasy fan, avid reader, Founder of the Darrell Awards. Author of _Getting Started As A Notary Signing Agent_ (available from https://notarymemphis.wordpress.com/books). Please be kind to one another.
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3 Responses to I Write Because …

  1. lafriday says:

    Oh! “I write in order to understand the things that are half-formed, inchoate, struggling upward to the light of reason…” And we’re fortunate that you do.


  2. koolitzable says:

    Well written and good job 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rajagopal says:

    You better write, Tim, because this is certainly one of the best writes one can read, summing up a person’s compulsions, and of thoughts yearning to find a home..

    Liked by 1 person

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