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Musings From the Inkwell—Why Did You Become a Writer?

Have you ever thought about why you became a writer?

It seems to me that writing was just a natural progression because I loved books as a child. I remember how happy I felt the day my kindergarten teacher taught us to write our names. I raced home at warp speed and entered the house shouting, “I can write! I can write! I can write my name. Now I can write a book!”

Well, hey, I was only five. How was I supposed to know that there was more to writing than just my name? Still, it was exciting and I impatiently waited for the next morning so I could ask my kindergarten teacher to teach me more so I could write. When she explained that everyone in class needed to learn the entire alphabet first, I asked if she could teach it to us that day because I already knew it.

Another writer I know said she became a writer because it was something she could do from home and she couldn’t concentrate in an office environment. Ditto that, too. My first mentor, a an older technical writer who had been freelancing for nearly 20 years by the time we met said that he enjoyed the challenge of putting into words other people’s thoughts and ideas. Only one writer I know mentioned wanting to write from a young age.

When I was in kindergarten, I remember feeling impatient with how slowly we had to go and how long it took to learn to write a few words. To keep boredom at bay, I remember pouring through my storybooks and copying words that contained letters I recognized. Then I’d ask what the words were. I slowly and painstakingly put together a list of words I knew, so I could write a short story with them.

To this day, I don’t know why my fascination with writing has persisted. It’s not an easy profession. Yet, there’s something about it. I’m naturally drawn to writing. It’s a great way to share  knowledge (both mine and others’), express my feelings, explore my thoughts, and even to find a few answers when I’m puzzled by an issue or problem. I guess writing is as much a part of me as breathing. I rather like both.

Why did you become a writer? Dip your pen into the Inkwell and tell us.

Write On With Confidence.
The Writers Inkwell Muse

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