Every Tuesday I post a writing prompt and my response. It gives me a chance to exercise my writing muscles outside of my WIP, and hopefully inspire you to write. So enjoy my flash fiction piece and post your own in the comments!
Source: The Writer's Idea Book: First prompt on page 22
Write about your need for a creative life or simply your need to write. Why do you do it? What needs are fulfilled through it? Cal your essay "Why I Write."
Why I Write
Why do I write? Because it is part of who I am. But that is a vague and general type of answer - so let me go into more detail. I am a dreamer, which means I have a very active imagination. It is a blessing and a curse. I blessing because it comes in handy when I write. It also helps me in my day job which is computer programming. Being able to think creatively helps in problem solving.
So why is it a curse? Well first their are the nightmares. I have extremely vivid nightmares. And then the worry. I am by nature a worrier. So being able to imagine these really intense worst case scenarios - doesn't really help.
Writing is the outlet for my imagination. It is also an outlet for many other emotions. When I am happy I like to write about it. When I am sad I like to write about it. When I am hurt or angry - I write. Writing is very therapeutic. I have often found it helps me to release negative feelings by writing a letter. Like when I am angry at someone I write a letter... then throw it away. Or burn it. The benefit is I got the release of venting my frustration - without damaging my relationship with the person.
I write because it makes me feel happy and alive. Even if the end result is drivel that will never see the light of day again. The act of imagining a scene and then putting it on a piece of paper is thrill enough.
That is why I write.