Why Do Writers Write?

November 3, 2012

What is this compulsion in me?  This burning desire to write words down.  This screeching in my head that won’t stop until the words are released?  A writer once told me that they tried to stop writing, but had to keep coming back to it.  I didn’t understand at the time, but I think I do now.  I read a great line in Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus, that sums up my need to write:

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose.”

I write because I have something to say, something that I think might make a difference in someone’s life.

Why do you write?