Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why Do I Write?

Heather asks, and answers, as does Christine.

So here's my answer: To understand the world around me, and to understand myself.

That's the "deep" answer.

My first, semi-wise-ass answer was "Because I can." And because it's how I make my living (in my other life, that is).

But the very next question I find myself asking is, why haven't I been writing more -- by which I mean, why haven't I been writing more here?

God knows I have had more than a few things crossing my mind to write about... Questions to ask, conundrums to puzzle out... But I haven't been making time for it of late. That other life has been pretty demanding of late, which, when it's the source of my livelihood, probably beats the alternative.

I've been pondering, however, the question of merging my writing identity here with my public writer's identity... erasing the seams between the two.

As yet, no definitive answer. So I'll just keep writing, to see if I might eventually figure it out...


  1. Ah, a familiar struggle. Good luck with those seams. :)

  2. I was wondering where you had gone off to, as I missed reading your blog :) With that being said, I'm about to start a stint of quiet too, so I understand that.

    I often wonder about that seam too. I worry that I am overexposed with my blog, which is not an example of the sort of polished writing I anticipate making my livelihood on. In any case, Good Luck with your decision!

  3. I've decided to give G+ a rest and to go back to blogging. I get less comments at the blog (much less), but it's easier to keep up with and I enjoy the interactions more.

  4. Personally, I feel myself blocked. Can't resume writing. I feel rotten. Not writing is like not righting. Rot increases.....

  5. "To understand the world around me, and to understand myself."

    That's what got me going too. The next question might be why do you publish? and my answer to that one is to share my understanding a little, and to connect with others willing to change and be changed.


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