Category: Why I Write

Why I Write: Erin Armstrong
I write because I find the world to be a crazy place and writing is one of the few acts that makes sense to me. I write to find out who I...
Why I Write: Erin Armstrong
Why I Write: Glenn Deutsch
I write because six, seven, or however many decades may take a long time to live, but amount to a short time on earth. I write because my...
Why I Write: Glenn Deutsch
Why I Write: “A Hungry Squirrel in Autumn”
Writing gets me to the truth of things. I can’t fully speak the truth, like a poor waif from an old fashioned fairytale. In place of the...
Why I Write: “A Hungry Squirrel in Autumn”
Why I Write: Angie Pelekidis
This kid, at 8 years old, is already a reader. Because she learned that books are magic. You could open them up and disappear into them...
Why I Write: Angie Pelekidis
Why I Write: DM O’Connor
You ask why I write? For all of it. To keep it going. To remember. To share. To fight injustice. Because when you find yourself in prison,...
Why I Write: DM O’Connor
Why I Write: Richard C Rutherford
My father had coon dogs. When I was a kid I listened to coon hunters tell stories, whittling and keeping my mouth shut. I noticed that the...
Why I Write: Richard C Rutherford
Why I Write: Lish Troha
As a child, it came effortlessly. I’d sit down at our boxy PC and write thousands of words for nothing but the joy of exploring my own...
Why I Write: Lish Troha
Why I Write: Julia Strayer
I write for a father who no longer lives, and for myself in hope of outliving my life. I write to solve puzzles, then look at them upside...
Why I Write: Julia Strayer
Why I Write: Eunice Barbara C. Novio
(My Journey with Words) Since I was young, I vented my anger and happiness on words sometimes, I painted. But my skill in painting and...
Why I Write: Eunice Barbara C. Novio
Why I Write: Audra Kerr Brown
How a Girl Became a Writer, As Outlined by Nigel Watt’s “Eight-Point Story Arc”* #1 STASIS There once was a girl born amongst...
Why I Write: Audra Kerr Brown
Why I Write: N.T. McQueen
  Recently, my wife asked me why I wrote. Though a majority of writers would have a default or romanticized response, I found myself...
Why I Write: N.T. McQueen
Why I Write: Matt Tompkins
I am, above all, an inquisitive person. As a precocious kid, I was constantly asking questions. But I learned pretty early that if I asked...
Why I Write: Matt Tompkins
Why I Write: Avital Gad-Cykman
I always had an urge to write. My diaries gave my everyday life a certain sense and importance that was lacking otherwise. Following the...
Why I Write: Avital Gad-Cykman
Why I Write: Rae Pagliarulo
I try to think about the motivation to become a writer – as though one day, you are not, and the next… Or as if there’s...
Why I Write: Rae Pagliarulo
Why I Write: Yasmina Madden
I wish I could say that from a very young age, five or six, I knew that I wanted to be a writer, and that I write because I’ve always...
Why I Write: Yasmina Madden
Why I Write: Jason Half-Pillow
I write because I can’t really do much else. I can do other things but not things that require concentration. I can’t really work. I...
Why I Write: Jason Half-Pillow
Why I Write: Melanie Meyer
I have always had an insatiable thirst to write. Writing is simply my therapy for life; it is what grounds me, enlivens me, and fills me...
Why I Write: Melanie Meyer
Why I Write: Seth Bennett
My journey into the world of stories commenced with countless hours immersed in my Lego’stm as a child. Heroes and villains covered a...
Why I Write: Seth Bennett
Why I Write: Michelle Ross
A relative recently wrote to me because he recognized another family member in a fiction piece of mine. He condemned me for making...
Why I Write: Michelle Ross
Why I Write: Rachel Peters
I hate writing.  Other people go to the gym after work, or see friends on the weekend, and they don’t walk around not realizing they...
Why I Write: Rachel Peters
Why I Write: Phyllis Moore
I found my love for writing late, in my sixties. There were inklings earlier. I dabbled in writing stories for the children I worked with,...
Why I Write: Phyllis Moore
Why I Write: Katie Cortese
Because one of my earliest memories is my father reading The Hobbit out loud as I drifted off to sleep. He’s an electrical engineer....
Why I Write: Katie Cortese
Why I Write: Jacob M. Appel
When I was sixteen years old, I fell madly in love—as only sixteen year olds can—with a young woman who was madly in love with someone...
Why I Write: Jacob M. Appel
Why I Write: Rita Ciresi
Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. But I’m a faux-academic. I teach my classes. Hold my office hours. Attend meetings. Push papers. I...
Why I Write: Rita Ciresi
Why I Write: Barbara Harroun
Because epilepsy was the first stone I threw. The first word that made someone who wasn’t family cry. And cry she did, snot and tears,...
Why I Write: Barbara Harroun
Why I Write: Will Cordeiro
Gertrude Stein famously said, “I write for myself and strangers.” I write for many reasons. One of these is to become estranged from...
Why I Write: Will Cordeiro
Why I Write: Katey Schultz
Right now I’m on a red-eye flight from San Fran to Detroit, where I’ll land at the ass-crack of dawn courtesy Delta Airlines, pick up a...
Why I Write: Katey Schultz
Why I Write (Murder Stories): GC SMITH
Much of our culture may be fascinated with death, I’m not. In most of my writing murders (but not necessarily killings) take place...
Why I Write (Murder Stories): GC SMITH
Why I Write: Christopher Lowe
Memory’s a long-con. As we live our lives, events seem so indelible that they’ll never fade. In the moment – and in the...
Why I Write: Christopher Lowe
Why I Write: Becca Hawk
You've read it before; you have to in order to become one of us, right? Lorrie Moore's "How to become a writer"? She...
Why I Write: Becca Hawk
Why I Write: Lily Iona MacKenzie
Tonight I skipped my daily hour or more of writing. A discipline I’ve maintained for many years, it has resulted in four novels,...
Why I Write: Lily Iona MacKenzie
Why I Write: Anthony Varallo
I first started writing short stories my sophomore year in college, when I signed up for a fiction writing workshop for reasons I...
Why I Write: Anthony Varallo
Why I Write: Caroline Bock
Twelve Reasons Why I Write Nobody would hire me to cook. That’s a lie. I’m a pretty good...
Why I Write: Caroline Bock
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
I wish, like George Orwell, I could say I’d envisioned myself a writer from an early age. However, as far back as I can remember, I...
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
Why I Write: Daren Dean
“The type of mind that can understand good fiction is not necessarily the educated mind, but it is at all times the kind of mind that...
Why I Write: Daren Dean
Why I Write: Karen Uhlmann
One of my earliest memories is of sitting with my father while he read. He was reading, and I was pretending – until I realized I...
Why I Write: Karen Uhlmann