Why Do We Write?

I opened our last California Writers Club centennial celebration meeting with a few comments. They are summarized here:

Why do we write? We have about a hundred answers to that question represented in our audience today. Most of all, the world needs content. And your writing provides that content. Whether it encourages young children to read, reveals unexplored hiking trails in the Sierras, examines our innermost urges, or helps to explain why we feel so desperate at times the rest of world waits for your next passage.

Jack London, along with a few of his writing buddies, established this Club 100 years ago this month. They had escaped the ravages of the 1906 earthquake by fleeing to the East Bay. They called it the Alameda Press Club. A few years later, they invited all Bay Area writers to join them for a picnic in the hills that would for many years hence be called Joaquin Miller Park. In fact, Joaquin Miller, a celebrated poet and long time CWC member, did not attend.

Jack London and his pals were not happy that so many folks who called themselves writers attended their picnic. They had imagined the Club a small, erudite group of accomplished authors and journalists. These founding fathers, when faced with this burgeoning collection of aspiring writers abandoned us and fled to their erudite halls. In 1913, the Alameda Press Club became the California Writers Club. The Club’s intent from then on was to embrace inclusiveness and diversity, for established authors to mentor aspiring writers, to expand the Club to all points within California and all points of view.

We are now a Club of over 1,200 published and aspiring writers, including fiction and non-fiction authors, poets and screenwriters. Sharing our perspectives on the past, present, and future. We network, blog, tweet, and write our names and thoughts onto the fabric of time. Let’s celebrate our distinguished authors that have come before us and the contributions our current members will lend to our future history.


2 Responses to Why Do We Write?

  1. Why we write is an intriguing question. The answers are no doubt unique and personal. I remember many years ago a writer telling me she tried to quit several times, but the muse just kept coming back and wouldn’t let her be. I think that mirrors my own thoughts. I write because I can’t not write.

  2. Sally says:

    If you have ever picked up a pen and started writing…either a journal entry, a story, a poem etc. , where did you find your inspiration? Or do you believe that inspirations are not necessary to writing? Think about it, maybe we are inspired more than we realize or maybe we just aren’t good at identifying what inspired us in the first place?

    Maybe we don’t need inspirations ….maybe we just need subjects. But if that subject becomes the catalyst to our writings, doesn’t it become the inspiration? How can anyone actually define unusual activity of the mind or a stong impulse ? Is it not all relative and so, two people may be at the same place at the same time and be inspired very differently . I suppose you could akin childhood memories to this concept….siblings being at the same place at the same time but remembering very different things or people in a plane crash who after have very different memories of the event. Are inspirations for writing not much of the same?

    Have you ever found that something inspired you but only for a short time because some other inspiration came along that was much stronger?

    So that makes me think….what exactly has inspired me to write ? Each day I blog, I suppose something inspires me to go in a certain direction. Maybe I should pay more attention to what inspires me…just for curiosity sake. I could make a list of my inspirations. But to be truthful, I am not sure that I would really know what they are or were.

    I think it would it be a waste of time to make that list, instead I will just move on and wait for the next…Inspriration to hit… and get writing. What will be YOUR inspiration for today?

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