Ask a writer why they write, and they’ll usually say ‘because I have to’. Or some variant.
But I figure there are several broad categories. For some it is a calling; a way to communicate what they feel to others. They are impelled to write – and often it doesn’t matter too much what it is they’re writing.
For others, writing is secondary to another interest – a vehicle by which that interest can be expressed.
Or it could be as simple as a pastime. One that, unlike most pastimes, carries potential to become more, if it’s done right.
Others write because it’s their vocation; they’re journalists, technical writers and so forth. But (mostly) it’s still rewarding. Mostly.
What impels you to write?
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