Forty Reasons Why I Write

I’m taking the 40 Reasons “Why Do You Write?” Challenge by Bryan Hutchinson.  Can I come up with forty reasons why I write?  The first eight or so seemed easy; the rest required a little digging.

At first glance forty reasons seem like a lot! But I’m up for the challenge. Thanks Bryan! So here goes.

  • I write:
    1. To fulfill a childhood dream
    2. To inform
    3. To educate
    4. To be heard
    5. To affirm
    6. To be affirmed
    7. To laugh
    8. To make other people laugh
    9. To claim my spot in the company of other writers
    10. To dream
    11. To practice
    12. To ask
    13. To tell my stories
    14. To tell my family’s stories
    15. To tell the stories of the people I love
    16. To tell the stories of the places I love
    17. To reconnect with old friends
    18. To make new friends
    19. To create beautiful images with words
    20. To inspire myself
    21. To inspire others
    22. To think of new ways to say old things
    23. To find my way
    24. To help people think in new and different ways
    25. To release anger
    26. To bring closure to difficult issues
    27. To bring clarity to difficult or confusing issues
    28. To resolve anxiety
    29. To get published
    30. To make a living from my own talents and drive
    31. To be my own boss
    32. To have other people read and react to what I write
    33. Because it’s what I’m good at
    34. Because writing raises my self-esteem
    35. So that I can help other write better
    36. To live life twice – once in the doing and once in the telling
    37. To give voice to social needs
    38. To say something important
    39. Because I am happiest when I am putting words to paper
    40. So I can call myself a writer

Putting this list together was invigorating, empowering, and made me take a good hard look at the reasons why I write.  If you would like to take the 40 Reasons “Why Do You Write?” Challenge by Bryan Hutchinson, go here  http:/positivewriter.com/reasons-why-write-challenge/ and get started!

Author: Jay Warner

Writing is a lifelong passion for me. In my many years of writing I have had the opportunity to help many people in their own writing journeys. I write historical fiction and a broader variety of non-fiction including technical writing, corporate policies and procedures, white papers, safety manuals, interpretations of documents pertaining to governmental entities such as OSHA and DOI, grants, articles, encyclopedia entries, essays, compositions, and more. I have taught high school composition and language arts including Advance Placement, Upward Bound, and Early Literacy for people ages 16-54 who need extra help with reading and writing. I have served as editor of two quarterly magazines: one literary and one historical in nature and have excellent proofreading and editing skills. I would like to help you craft your best work by assisting you with both editing and proofreading. Let's get the words on the page and rock the writing world!

  • Scott Kreps

    Jay, I think those 40 reasons you write pretty well covers it all.

    • Jay Warner

      Thanks Scott. I’m beginning to see clarity of purpose.