Why do you write?
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This Week In Writing, we reflect on Dickinson and explore an essential question for every writer: why do you write?
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the AppleTV+ show, Dickinson. The series came to an end recently, with the release of its third season. During the finale, Emily Dickinson, played by Hailee Steinfeld, says, “Even if I can’t change the world, I will still write.”
When the series begins, Emily wants her words to change the world. The events of the final season show Emily she was born in the wrong century. As a result, she knows change will not exist in her lifetime. Instead, Emily asserts that she will write simply because she has to write.
Each week, I ask a new writer why they write. The answers are all over the place. For example, Andy Weir loves telling stories, while Kristen Arnett feels terrible when she doesn’t write. I write to help others grow, learn, and make decisions.
Answers to why do you write highlight writers in ways other questions cannot. It helps get to the heart of what drives a writer to pick up a pen or put their fingers on the keyboard.
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This Week's Featured Links
For Years, I Was Confused About the Purpose of Writing (and Maybe You Are Too) | By Bobby Powers — writingcooperative.com The point of writing isn't to write with perfect grammar and syntax—it's to communicate thought-provoking ideas. The words are merely the raw material.
This Is Why I Write. And Why You Should, Too | by Billy Frazier — writingcooperative.com
In my opinion, writing is cheaper than therapy. Now, I’m no therapist, but I do know myself fairly well.
Why I Write for Content Mills. And I’m Not Even Embarrassed About It | by Melissa Oltman | The Writing Cooperative — writingcooperative.com It’s only been in the last month that I got serious about getting paid for writing because I’m looking forward to getting out of my professional career in healthcare in the next few years, selling…
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