28 Sep 2022

The 16 Critical Factors That Explain “Why Do Writers Write”?

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Make a Living as a Professional Self-Published AuthorWhy do writers write? Why do artists paint or sculpt? Why do dancers dance? Being a creative person, and making a good living at it as well, is one of the most difficult roles for a person to take on. Creating something new, something which appeals to a wide audience of people, is a daunting task, and dealing with the inevitable criticism from so-called friends and family can be almost unbearable sometimes. The general population just doesn’t understand the passion felt by a creative individual.

But artists – defined as those who create something aesthetic – are not normal people. Most people are content with getting up each day, going through a “normal” routine of breakfast, working, eating dinner, and sleep, along with with the occasional holiday or road trip. Their dreams involve being observers – they watch football games, go to museums, go on vacation to see the scenery, and so forth. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but an artist views the world differently.

Artists are not satisfied with merely observing, taking a few selfies and buying some useless, albeit sentimental, junk from the souvenir shop. Bring an artist on a trip and they will carry a bag packed with charcoal and paper, a computer with writing tools, or an expensive camera and tripod. Artists don’t just want to see the sights, they want to create something aesthetic to communicate with others how they felt about that scene.

Why Writers Write

“Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.” – Anaïs Nin

Here are a few answers to “why do writers write?” There are many reasons, perhaps as many as there are writers.

  1. They have a story to tell. Some writers feel the need to get something out there into the world because they want others to know and understand their story.
  2. They want to tell people about themselves because they feel they’ve been through experiences and gained skills that others may learn from.
  3. They want to build a brand for their business. A well-written book is one of the best ways to build a personal or small business brand. This promotes the expertise, knowledge, and special skills to a wide audience. Books can be used to gain speaking engagements, interviews with the press, and to impress potential clients.
  4. To become an influencer. A book can be used to build influence by promoting a person’s expertise and knowledge.
  5. To share their life experiences, opinions, and travels.
  6. For relaxation. This type of book may begin as a journal, but quickly build into enough materials for a full-fledged book.
  7. To make a living. Properly promoted, a book can sell enough copies through various avenues to earn a decent or even substantial income.
  8. To explain how to do something or how something works.
  9. To build relationships.
  10. To release the creative passion.
  11. They enjoy expressing themselves.
  12. To be less lonely since writing and publishing is a way to communicate with a large audience.
  13. Because it’s fun for them.
  14. To get things off their chest.
  15. To expose a conspiracy or a lie.
  16. To leave a legacy.

Writing for Passion

Why do writers writeBeing an artist means you are passionate about your creations. You have something to say in the form of clay, stone, photography (digital or otherwise), paintings, writing, choreography, film or any other media. In fact, the media is unimportant and only serves as the means to deliver the message.

It’s the message – that’s the importance. Artists want to say something, and they want other people to understand. When I write a story, a novel or an article, I am communicating, and I want my readers to understand what I’ve written, get the message, feel the emotions, and actually (in their heads) go on that trip or excursion or along with me.

Art is a passion, a driving force. Writers are artists, to a greater or lesser degree.

Getting Paid for Writing

Getting paid for writing is important, and sometimes vital, but most writers will still write even if they don’t get paid. However, being published, seeing good reviews, and receiving positive feedback is one of the best presents a writer can receive.

Supporting Writers

Writers are dependent for their income on sales of their books, blogs, articles, and so forth. If you enjoy a book, buy yourself a copy, preferably new, so the writer sees the fruits of his or her labors. If you can’t buy the book, leave a good review. Everyone, no matter how busy, can spend a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon and other outlets.

Artists are the people who are actively creating the future. By giving them support, you are supporting the advancement of good in the world. That answers the question why do writers write? Because they feel passionate about their craft and want to do some good in the world.

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Everyone has an artist within them, one just needs to overcome the inner critic put your work out for public consumption.

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