Do you write because you're required to? Because it's simply part of your job or because anyone coming out of elementary school is taught how to do so and it's the norm to keep it up if we want to be intelligent, literate, or successful in the world?
Why do I write?
I write to express myself.
Like a painter blots splashes of color on a blank canvas, a writer scribbles his or her words on paper and creates a masterpiece with metaphors, chains of ornate adjectives, and an idea that holds everything in place. Emotion lies in the words we write and speak aloud. Writing serves as an escape from the world we in which we live. If anything, it serves to distract, even if it is just for a little while.
With diary entries, I vent my heart without restraint and pen all that plagues my mind. With poetry, I can create beauty or pull the curtain back to reveal the monsters beneath our beds. With novels, I reflect on the world and weave a story that speaks truth.
I love taking somewhat of a philosophical stand in my writing but somehow, I also take pride in leaving the answers to the big questions somewhat muddled. I enjoy reading stories which always end nicely and neatly, but those novels that can make me squirm in my chair with the unsettling reality left on the final page are the ones that inspire me to keep writing. If a writer can move you internally and emotionally, the job is done right.
I write because there is always a story worth telling, a speech worth preaching, and a phrase worth a moment of reflection. I write because I think too much and if my thoughts were not scribbled on paper, you'd find brain goo pouring from my ear. As egotistical as it may sound, I write for myself because some days I just need it to revive me and keep me sane. I write for people who have no say and remain powerless and helpless when they crave for change. I write for that one person in my audience that might be moved by my spoken word performance that she'll find a tear escape and break across her stony cheek.
I write because writing is a part of me and it's who I am. I'm proud to say I'm a writer.