Why do people write?

September 2, 2011 5:49am CST
I use writing as a means to escape into daydream and create whatever I want. It can be relaxing, and a great source of stress relief, but I also want to make money from writing, in the long run. I'm just curious - why do other people write? For similiar reasons, or for the challenge, or something else?
21 responses
@koperty3 (1877)
2 Sep 11
I started writing stories when I was very young. Financial situation of my family was almost critical. Many times we were hungry. Thanks to writing I could escape from poverty just for a moment. I created my own world and I created the characters. They have thir own lives and some adventures. I was very happy in this world. As years passed I still write and I hope one day I will create something really good and worth reading. So this is mine reason to write.
2 Sep 11
Wow, thanks for sharing. I hope your financial situation is better now. My family aren't exactly well off, and like you I used writing as a means of escape. Do you post your stories on any websites? I'd love to read something? What genres do you write?
@koperty3 (1877)
2 Sep 11
My last story got 600 pages. Maybe I will sound silly but what a heck I will tell you. This is a story about sorcerer's wife.
2 Sep 11
That's really cool, I don't think it's silly. I write more about blood and gut horrors now, but I used to write alot of stuff about dragons and magic and stuff. And well done on getting to 600 pages! Wow
2 Sep 11
Hi alexa1800, When i started writing short paragraphs, which turned out into short stories later on, it was only for the purpose of improving and correcting my English grammar. I did my own editing to correct my writing. Now, i can use my writing skills here at mylot.
2 Sep 11
That's cool. What kinds of stories do you write? I like murder mysteries and horrors, so that's the kind of genre I like writing. I love that MyLot lets you meet and make friends with like minded people, gives you a chance to improve your writing AND even pays you for it!
2 Sep 11
Hi alexa1800, The short paragraphs that i wrote before is only about funny situations that i experienced with my siblings. I would describe our feelings or reactions at that moment, and when i let them read it, they laugh or smile. I would also write about family issues that affect daily living. It was a favorite pastime to practice my English. I see that many people are earning through writing on some websites. Really, good opportunity for some.
6 Sep 11
Yeah, I was thinking of joining a couple of those myself. Thanks
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
2 Sep 11
I write because it's something I've always wanted to do, ever since I was a very young person. There's something uniquely creative about writing, trying to make one's language as beautiful as possible, while expressing onself to the maximum. Yes, I agree, it's enormously relaxing, and a source of stress relief; it's also cathartic, leaving one enormously satisfied after a successful period of writing. I've made some money from writing, and want to make more. But that's not my primary motive: my primary moptive is artistic, creative. I just love writing, and have done so since as far back as I can recall. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/carlhalling
• United Kingdom
2 Sep 11
Thank you for best response!
@AdalieM (1137)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I write because writing is the only thing you have control over. I mean, my story can be anything I wanted to be. Writing is not my therapy, writing is my escape. I can create any world and be perfectly happy with it. Also, the money is always good, but is not the only reason why I write. I write because I love to write.
• United States
21 Oct 11
I write to earn extras money, but I also write fanfics for fun so I do enjoy writing a lot.
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I just it's just the same as speaking, there is a need to communicate things, ideas and thoughts...only in an formal and organized manner . People write to express themselves or to record things that they felt are important and should be imparted to others. I don't really know why otehr people do writing but for me, it's just an extension of my self - expressing, voicing out something in a format that I'm very familiar with. I was never a good speaker but I have a good knack in writing. writing gives me an opportunity to communicate to otehr in a way that I am also comfortable as the source. I never really thought writing as a hobby before but I know I'm good at it so I keep doing it becuase I love to do it and not just for sake of doing.
@Bluedoll (17005)
• Canada
6 Sep 11
It allows me to organize and get a clear picture when I write. That does not mean however that everything I write is clear but it might tell me when it is not. The other reason is to learn because there are so many questions to answer. Reading to write is yet another task that just helps me think about things in other directions.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I think for a lot of people, it's just a good way to express themselves. It's a way for them to be creative and let their "artistic" side show. For many, it is a way to make money but I don't think that is the primary reason someone would decide to write. I started writing online before I decided to try and make money with it. I wanted to have a means of expressing my ideas and opinions so I started blogging. Then I discovered article writing so I not only write a blog, I write articles on several websites, build mini-websites and maintain several of my own websites. It can be quite time consuming but very satisfying and I enjoy it.
@catamari (127)
• Romania
4 Sep 11
Hello alexa1800. I write because I really like it. Now I write to improve my English grammar and writing skils. All the time I love to write even in my language. There you can think a lot, keep the fluency in your thoughts. If you want to read for money you can find some places online where you can find some jobs to write. I can't yet to join there because of my very beginner grammar and only intermediate spoken English. There is a nice feeling to cover a blank piece of paper with wrods, sentences and thoughts. On mylot I love to write for communicate with others too. I believe that you are right, writing si a very good way to relax, to understand deeper the world. That's it.
• Mexico
4 Sep 11
i write down on my diary all I think, all I am and all of my dreams. I write all that so one day I can take up my diary and dive through the pages and travel back to these times, and know how I felt. I write for myself, and I also do poems and short stories. It's a way to express what I feel.
@zoe140 (10)
• China
4 Sep 11
Surely each person has his own reason.As for me,I write for dream and my imagine. Maybe there are still something like you,escape from realism.I hope I have a handsome and nice boyfriend that really love me.But in fact,I don't have.So I will collect girl's dreams and creat this kind of boys.It makes me happy and relaxed when reading.
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
It is true that writing is an expression and an identification of yourself like an artist giving his mood and character. With the way artists project and execute their ideas, you will be able to read them and can even see their inner self. You may say if he is a loner,a dreamer, a fighter, a winner, a loser, etc. by the way they write.
@webgirl01 (693)
• United States
3 Sep 11
People like to write to express feelings or thoughts especially on a journal or diary. I guess if people are bored or not like reading, they try writing. People like to write to put their fantasies and dreams into words. It could be for similar reasons or something else. Just like writing stories and fanfictions, its people writing stories so that other people can read them. I think writing expresses creativity and art.
• United States
3 Sep 11
Writing. I love to do it. I love writing fiction, particularly of the fantasy kind. I love to see the images forming in my mind as I type the story out on my computer. I get goosebumps with certain scenes, and my heart races when I'm writing an exciting and compelling scene. My writing follows its own unique pattern, with inspirations from various sources. Stephen King, Chris Marie Green, Karen Hancock, Frank Peretti, and several others. When I write I cannot live without detail and specifics. I first started writing when I was twelve years old. On paper with a pencil I wrote and illustrated a story of a family who had gotten two German Shepherds, Lady, a defined AKC registered breed, and Rocky, a stray. The two met, fell in love like doggies do, and with Rocky saving the family’s life from a burglar, was adopted into the family. I wrote sequels too. A Doberman was added (can’t remember his name), Lady and Rocky had pups, one who was named Scarlett. There was a cat named Max who knew kitty ninja. I no longer have the stories, but at age 12 they were my pride and joy. I am the type of writer who may start the story off slow, or fast, and then put the characters through situations readers can relate to. For example I may have a particular character start off walking down the street on his way to the store. Normal occurrence, right? Well, what if I suddenly had him run into an old girlfriend he has not seen in years? Worse yet, this girl cheated on him with his rival. This is the kind of mainstream writing I enjoy. That suspense, heart stopping, get your inner fires burning writing is what I like to do. I enjoy reading it as well. Writing relaxes me and with it I can set my own pace. Telling a story is easy when you have a good direction for the plot to go into. For example, if you know what plot you’re going for, you’d have a beginning, a middle, and ending. The type of genre also depends upon the plot used. Now I have never been taught to write stories. I’ve gotten good grades in English and in Literature because I loved to read. Those were my favorite classes, aside from History. I self taught myself to write by studying the way authors wrote their books. From the style to spelling, punctuation, grammar, the depth and detail of each paragraph. It took many years to learn how to make my writing flow from one point to the next point while keeping the reader entranced. Currently, I am writing a fantasy novel, a sequel to a previously self-published book. The sequel, when it is finished, will not be self-published though. Because I’ve gotten quite a few compliments from the sequel already, I’ve decided I would seek out a literary agent when I completed the manuscript. My next task would be to take the first self-published book and revise it to make it flow better, and to match it up to the second one. I’ve noticed with work, school, and other distractions I am not able to write as often as I’d like. Sometimes I get hit with laziness or writer’s block which takes some time to cure. And then once I start writing, I find it difficult to stop. Usually this happens when it’s close to bed time.
• India
3 Sep 11
i start to write my thought. i write my routine life to explain in night daily.so i was habitual in write daily life.
• United States
3 Sep 11
In high school, this girl and I would write to each other every day. We'd write stories instead of focusing in class. It wasn't a good idea, but we entertained ourselves. Math should have been more important. We expanded to writing on blogs and making everything we've told each other public. We thought we were so smart and cool.
@Dymo75 (340)
• New Zealand
2 Sep 11
Asking me why I write is like asking me why I have eye brows; I have no idea at all, but I'm quite sure I need it. I write on my blog, hardly for commercial reasons because literal art should be free, and when I write, it's like I'm in control. It sounds like I'm a control freak, but it's kind of like that. After living in this world for the day, I'd like to have some control over the night, at least until next morning when I lose my control again. Thanks for asking!
@vastari (331)
• Ireland
2 Sep 11
I write because I like to tell stories. I like inventing worlds and characters and races which people can explore and learn about. I like entertaining people, and writing at the moment offers me the best method of doing so. I find it very relaxing, and if I can make money from it then I will. The money's just a lucky bonus though, since I write regardless of any possible income or otherwise.
• United States
2 Sep 11
I like writing about healthy choices in foods. So many people settle for frozen dinners or fast food. Obesity and health problems are such a big problem in America. I write for a few sites to educate people that its not hard to start making healthy decisions. And its not that expensive either. Although I don't make much money yet, I feel good knowing I have helped at least a few people learn to make healthy food.
@careasl (260)
• United States
2 Sep 11
People write for a lot of different reasons. Some people write because they like it and others write because they are doing it for pay. There sites like iWriter, families.com, patch.com, about.com and others that may individuals to contribute articles on their site. You can also sign up as a freelance writer on Desk and Lance or offer your services on Craigslist.