Why do YOU write?

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  1. HLGStrider

    HLGStrider All Knowing Magic Cat

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    That's pretty easy to fix.

    A. Read.
    B. Write and get someone with good gramar to correct you and learn from that.
     
  2. Manveru

    Manveru (former)blue angel of GoT

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    That's right.
    Like my previous 'deep thoughts' were "saying": Read, read, not only cRPG and video! (actually it was a quote from one of our PL writers - one of the best fantasy writers in my country).
    So I read (a lot, I've read more books in last six months than in my whole life;)) and from time to time sth "pops up" from my brain and then... my fingers just simply "dance" on the keyboard;).

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    Saermegil The Starchild

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    I write because I read.

    Reading<-->Writing
    Stimulant<-->Reaction

    Like yesterday, I was reading John Fowles(The French Lieutenant's Woman), and he was using a technique i'd never seen before, and I was like : I gotta use this sometime soon. So I will probably write a short story to go with that(though for sure not set during the Victorian Erra (Yuck!))
     
  4. Khôr’nagan

    Khôr’nagan Ar-Zigûrlôkhî

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    I think I write because, after years of suppressing my emotions and keeping any pain buried inside, I finally need to relieve myself of the stress of it all. I just need to express myself, and writing gives me a method of doing so. When there's something I feel strongly about I can type up pages and pages of writing about it without a second thought.

    Poetry for some reason comes to me naturally. Sometimes I have to rough my way through, but then there's the occasional time when suddenly it really just flows out of me freely, and I can get a good 50 lines of poetry in ten minutes when this happens. It's really incredible.

    Then, of course, there's the feeling of accomplishment that comes with the completion of what you write. For instance, I recently wrote a 636 line poem outlining the history of Melkor and Sauron, and I passed it in to my English teacher for extra credit. This week has been February Vacation for me, and since I passed it in on the thursday before vacation started, I have yet to learn of what she though of my poem. But I feel a strong sense of accomplishment for having done such an incredibly long poem.

    And might I note, just F.Y.I., that I am only 16 years old as of the moment, and I think that's all the more reason to be proud of my accomplishment. Not to mention tha fact that I wrote the poem in the combined effort of only about a week at most.

    So that's why I write: To express the deepest of my feelings that would otherwise remain hidden and completely unknown, for the pleasure of writing, and for the sense of accomplishment when you've completed something great.
     

  5. Isthir

    Isthir the Tanomanar

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    I do not wish to steal JRRT's statement, but I do not feel that I, myself, am creating that which I write, but am more along for the ride and record what I can and what I remember. One may attribute this to inspiration or what not, but I feel that I am truly a narrator.


    -Isthir​
     
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    Saucy In love.

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    1.) I write because, well its almost silly, but when i was younger i never liked how the stories ended, id always make up a better ending in my mind, even now with some books i find myself making up an end. So i guess i write to create my own stories zactly the way i want them!

    2.) I write because, i need to escape from reality

    3.) i write because I usually create an opinion on EVERYTHING, and so i might has well write it down, if its a good one.

    4.) i write because sometimes it is easier to express urself on paper other then in words.
     
  7. syongstar

    syongstar Elf Musician

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    why I write

    I am a musician who loves to sing.I let words flow in hopes of creating lyrics

    I enter the glade of a darkwood,
    and stand where my ansestors stood.
    I offer myself to the army of trees,
    working to make the air fit to breathe,
    working to make wood for our homes,
    working to make food for us to live on.
    And in exchange they ask of thee,
    beautiful words and music to caress
    their leaves.
     
  8. Eledhwen

    Eledhwen Cumbrian

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    I write because stories, songs and poems build up in my head, and if I don't swap them out, they ping around, giving me no peace, like the ball in a pinball machine. But once they're out, my mind can rest until the next one comes along. (That's apart from a book I'm writing, which I have already written out as a screenplay, but won't part with until the book's finished. The recrafting is taking time; I want to repaint the picture from my mind in such a way that the reader will see what I see - all of it.)

    er... did I make sense there? :confused:
     
  9. The-Elf-Herself

    The-Elf-Herself Elven Spook and Outcast

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    Yeah, actually you make a lot of sense Eledhwen. That's one of the reasons I write. Ever since I was five, I've always seemed to be an observer, someone who watches others, who wants to know why people think they way they do, how they do it; I've always loved pulling sentences and words apart to dissect them(yes, grammar freak and sociology nut here). However, money's always been tight in my family and people tended to look down on anyone who tried to write or wanted to write for a living, so I never spoke about it, assuming I'd never be good enough. Then as I grew older stories and ideas would just pop into my head and start to form themselves into something that I couldn't really contain for long, so I started scribbling in a private journal just to clear my head. It wasn't until last year that my awesome English teacher really started to push me to show my writings to others and not to be afraid of my urge to write. My first poem 'The Meeting' ended up flooring everyone for some reason, and gave me enough confidence to focus on writing as a future. *shrugs* It comes as naturally to me as breathing, I just ended up holding my breath for fifteen years(I'm seventeen this May).
     
  10. Melian_the_Maya

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    I have been a writer since the ago of 8, so for almost 11 years now. I do it because it is a necessity, like the very air I am breathing and it is the only thing that I am willing to dedicate time and patience to for the sake of improving. I have written already some longer and some shorter pieces of writing... how do you write by the way? I don't mean whether you type or write using a pen on paper. For me it's a bit like this:

    I first get the idea of a character. Then this character and I battle with each other, so that we get to know the other one. Once we have a clear idea of what the other one is about, I start describing him, giving him a past and a present and the makings of a future. It's not always a happy future, though. After this, I analyze what sort of feeling this character gives me: hope, happiness, hatred... and then I find the music to fit it. And then I play that music all the time, over and over again as pages are written by hands which most of the times don't seem mine. Is that freaky?
     
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    How do I write? My stories sort of tell themselves to me; sometimes starting with a place, or a phrase/concept, or a person. Sometimes the beginning, middle and end all occur to me at once, and I have to start writing to get the details. The process can be painstaking, as the grammar, phrasing and vocabulary will be different depending on the era, or the character. Going away and coming back to a piece will inevitably result in alterations, and I have to discipline myself, when writing longer stuff, not to spend too much time revisiting when I should be ploughing the next furrow.
     
  12. Lonna

    Lonna Writer's Guild

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    I write because I have to, like I must breathe.
     
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    Maiden_of Harad Diligere est Pati

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    Writing for me is much more than self-expression, though it does involve that. It is a way to portray truth, to probe the depths and soar to the summits of human nature, a means of expressing wonder, beauty, goodness, and terror.
    I also want to improve my writing, for, if I'm going to get anywhere near to the Tolkien/Dosteyevsky/Dickens that I want to be, I'll have to write volumes.
    Being a slight perfectionist, story ideas that I consider to be bad or poor quality are swiftly rejected, thus, I don't usually have tons of ideas in my head. But that one persistent idea, the one that haunts your imagination and hounds your pen for days, weeks, years...
    ...In short, I have a story in my head that I've worked on for 13 years. And it won't leave.
     
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    Sir Gawain d'Orchany I seek The Grail of Legend

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    I often dream I am a Knight of the round table. The other knights seem to believe I am Gawain.
    I usually write what I remember of those dreams. I write when I dream of my totem animal (Coyote). I write fanfiction from time to time. Writing is pretty much the only thing I'm passionate about.
     

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