Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday--Why Do I Write?

This week, Road Trip Wednesday asks a question that I had to think about pretty hard:

What's your numero-uno reason for writing?

I was hesitant at first because I'm not great at making the time for writing that I feel I should, and because it seems like so many of the other bloggers I follow are so serious and diligent about it. But then I thought, hey, this is writing too.

So, what's the number one reason I write?

I write because no one can tell me I can't.

I'll never be in the Winner's Circle at the Kentucky Derby (I was one of those horsey kids). I'll never be on Broadway or on TV (theater major). I'll never work in the White House (huge fan of The West Wing).

But ever since way, way before I wanted any of those things, I was a reader. Authors were my first celebrities and my first heroes. And while I'd have to get past a lot of people to reach any of those dreams, there is no one who can tell me that I can't write a book. Or ten books. Or a hundred. Even if I only ever share them with my own kids someday--this is something I can do if I choose to.

[Edited to add links and such! iPads are great for emergency blogging but less great for formatting stuff!]


  1. You are so right, Mrs. S. This is one of the few things in life for which you don't need qualifications, experience (beyond being alive--and I'm sure there are some zombie authors out there willing to dispute that), permission, or even a lot of money (a pad and pencil will set you back a couple of dollars at most). Great answer!

    And I am daily growing desirous of an iPad. So cool you can even update your blog with it! :)

  2. I really like this answer, Mrs. S. Like you I've been a reader all my life, so for me writing was a logical progression from there. I love: "I write because no one can tell me I can't." Love it :)

  3. Great post, you're completely right--writing is one of the few things you don't need official qualification to do. You don't need a college degree or special training to be a successful writer.

  4. Great answer. I totally agree.

  5. Yes! I love how I get to live vicariously through my writing. That is one of the greatest rewards.

  6. I've given your blog an award, Mrs. S.! Check out my blog for details:


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