Category: Why I Write

Why I Write: Jim Powell

Old School Mission [for “Why I Write”] I’m writing this essay in March 2018, eleven days out of an eleven-day hospital stay with...

Why I Write: Meghan McNamara

I’d like to say it’s complicated, but it’s not: I write because I have to—the sensation, a kind of electric pulse, drawn through my...

Why I Write: Jim Powell

I’m writing this essay eleven days out of an eleven-day hospital stay with a COPD exacerbation, the third stark reminder of my mortality...

“Why I Write; How Can I Not?”

Why do I write? I’ve been hoping you would ask! I believe the first complete book I wrote was called Mirror of Death. Let me elaborate on...

MéShelle Fae

Not all authors can say they’ve been writing their whole life, including me. My relationship with the “ink and quill”...

Why I Write: Lena Marecki

On Writing Writing, for me, is unlike any other form of art in that its mode — words — are able to uniquely capture the complex human...

Why I Write: Rebecca Evans (“Writing Me”)

I wrote nonfiction in third person. It’s a strange method to approach narrative, essay and memoir. An unusual way to share a personal...

Why I Write: Rebecca Evans

I wrote nonfiction in third person. It’s a strange method to approach narrative, essay and memoir. An unusual way to share a personal...

Laura Goodman: Why I Write

I have written since I was a small child, even before I could manage the real reading and writing of actual words. So many days, I sat at...

Why I Write: Arthur Klepchukov

Rebecca Solnit described writing as a conversation across time with someone you haven’t met yet. Isn’t that the ultimate saving grace...

Why I Write: Carol Guess

Writing keeps me company. I’m not a religious person, but like prayer, writing connects me to something bigger, to the world beyond...

Why I Write: Maddison Langston

     When I was seven, I assured myself I was going to write another chapter of the Bible. I’d grown up in a Christian school my whole...

Why I Write: Suzanne Kamata

Work begins early in my neighborhood, here in Aizumi, a town in Tokushima Prefecture, on the island of Shikoku. The farmers next door crank...

Why I Write: Charmaine Wilkerson

Storytelling has always been part of my life. I grew up surrounded by books and I love to see stories given new life on the stage or in...

George Choundas: “Why I Write”

Few things are better than writing. Writing is sitting with coffee and hatching plans. Many things are worse than not writing. But not...

“I Write to Rumble”

“No blogs?”, “Did you stop writing?”, “Too busy for your blog?” I was absent from my blog space for 100 days. And no, I did not...

Why I Write: Robert Pope

I became aware of a strong impulse to write stories in the first semester of my sophomore year in college, when I took a creative writing...

“Never Stop Writing”

During the summer, I stay up very late. I love the early morning headaches and the Saharan thirst that hits your throat somewhere around...

Why I Write: Jolene McIlwain

Stories. My childhood home was filled with them. Mom’s drowned-puppy story. Dad’s ever-changing tale of his buddy jumping from a water...

Why I Write: Jenny Ferguson

I write because I can’t stop. And, yes, I’ve tried quitting. More than once. The longest time I managed to quit writing was for a...

Why I Write: Jeremy Warneke

Writing for me has always been a coping mechanism. When I was in Iraq in 2003, for example, I wrote home as much as possible. I was not...

Why I Write: “Writing to Understand”

My views on writing have changed through the years. As a kid, I wrote to gain some attention. As a teenager, I wrote to transport myself...

Why I Write: Paul Beckman

Writing is not my hobby nor is it my job–it’s an integral part of my being. I write to remember and to mold and change those...

Why I Write: Erin Armstrong

I write because I find the world to be a crazy place and writing is one of the few acts that makes sense to me. I write to find out who I...

Why I Write: Glenn Deutsch

I write because six, seven, or however many decades may take a long time to live, but amount to a short time on earth. I write because my...

Why I Write: “A Hungry Squirrel in Autumn”

Writing gets me to the truth of things. I can’t fully speak the truth, like a poor waif from an old fashioned fairytale. In place of the...

Why I Write: Angie Pelekidis

This kid, at 8 years old, is already a reader. Because she learned that books are magic. You could open them up and disappear into them...

Why I Write: DM O’Connor

You ask why I write? For all of it. To keep it going. To remember. To share. To fight injustice. Because when you find yourself in prison,...

Why I Write: Richard C Rutherford

My father had coon dogs. When I was a kid I listened to coon hunters tell stories, whittling and keeping my mouth shut. I noticed that the...

Why I Write: Lish Troha

As a child, it came effortlessly. I’d sit down at our boxy PC and write thousands of words for nothing but the joy of exploring my own...

Why I Write: Julia Strayer

I write for a father who no longer lives, and for myself in hope of outliving my life. I write to solve puzzles, then look at them upside...

Why I Write: Eunice Barbara C. Novio

(My Journey with Words) Since I was young, I vented my anger and happiness on words sometimes, I painted. But my skill in painting and...

Why I Write: Audra Kerr Brown

How a Girl Became a Writer, As Outlined by Nigel Watt’s “Eight-Point Story Arc”* #1 STASIS There once was a girl born amongst...

Why I Write: N.T. McQueen

  Recently, my wife asked me why I wrote. Though a majority of writers would have a default or romanticized response, I found myself...

Why I Write: Matt Tompkins

I am, above all, an inquisitive person. As a precocious kid, I was constantly asking questions. But I learned pretty early that if I asked...

Why I Write: Avital Gad-Cykman

I always had an urge to write. My diaries gave my everyday life a certain sense and importance that was lacking otherwise. Following the...

Why I Write: Rae Pagliarulo

I try to think about the motivation to become a writer – as though one day, you are not, and the next… Or as if there’s...

Why I Write: Yasmina Madden

I wish I could say that from a very young age, five or six, I knew that I wanted to be a writer, and that I write because I’ve always...

Why I Write: Jason Half-Pillow

I write because I can’t really do much else. I can do other things but not things that require concentration. I can’t really work. I...

Why I Write: Melanie Meyer

I have always had an insatiable thirst to write. Writing is simply my therapy for life; it is what grounds me, enlivens me, and fills me...

Why I Write: Seth Bennett

My journey into the world of stories commenced with countless hours immersed in my Lego’stm as a child. Heroes and villains covered a...

Why I Write: Michelle Ross

A relative recently wrote to me because he recognized another family member in a fiction piece of mine. He condemned me for making...

Why I Write: Rachel Peters

I hate writing.  Other people go to the gym after work, or see friends on the weekend, and they don’t walk around not realizing they...

Why I Write: Phyllis Moore

I found my love for writing late, in my sixties. There were inklings earlier. I dabbled in writing stories for the children I worked with,...

Why I Write: Katie Cortese

Because one of my earliest memories is my father reading The Hobbit out loud as I drifted off to sleep. He’s an electrical engineer....

Why I Write: Jacob M. Appel

When I was sixteen years old, I fell madly in love—as only sixteen year olds can—with a young woman who was madly in love with someone...

Why I Write: Rita Ciresi

Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. But I’m a faux-academic. I teach my classes. Hold my office hours. Attend meetings. Push papers. I...

Why I Write: Barbara Harroun

Because epilepsy was the first stone I threw. The first word that made someone who wasn’t family cry. And cry she did, snot and tears,...

Why I Write: Will Cordeiro

Gertrude Stein famously said, “I write for myself and strangers.” I write for many reasons. One of these is to become estranged from...

Why I Write: Katey Schultz

Right now I’m on a red-eye flight from San Fran to Detroit, where I’ll land at the ass-crack of dawn courtesy Delta Airlines, pick up a...

Why I Write (Murder Stories): GC SMITH

Much of our culture may be fascinated with death, I’m not. In most of my writing murders (but not necessarily killings) take place...

Why I Write: Christopher Lowe

Memory’s a long-con. As we live our lives, events seem so indelible that they’ll never fade. In the moment – and in the...

Why I Write: Becca Hawk

You've read it before; you have to in order to become one of us, right? Lorrie Moore's "How to become a writer"? She...

Why I Write: Lily Iona MacKenzie

Tonight I skipped my daily hour or more of writing. A discipline I’ve maintained for many years, it has resulted in four novels,...

Why I Write: Anthony Varallo

I first started writing short stories my sophomore year in college, when I signed up for a fiction writing workshop for reasons I...

Why I Write: Caroline Bock

Twelve Reasons Why I Write Nobody would hire me to cook. That’s a lie. I’m a pretty good...

Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell

I wish, like George Orwell, I could say I’d envisioned myself a writer from an early age. However, as far back as I can remember, I...

Why I Write: Daren Dean

“The type of mind that can understand good fiction is not necessarily the educated mind, but it is at all times the kind of mind that...

Why I Write: Karen Uhlmann

One of my earliest memories is of sitting with my father while he read. He was reading, and I was pretending – until I realized I...