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 (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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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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