“Because I have to,” Joy Williams points out has become the fashionable response to that question of late.
But you know what? I write because I want to. Because I love it. Yes, sometimes I start writing and I cannot stop until the story in me has been released but ultimately I get a thrill out of writing. And I do not think there is anything wrong with saying that.
Are you not a true writer unless you have to write? No. You might be a passionate writer, a dedicated writer or even a paid writer (hence why you have to do it).
I often don’t feel like writing – some days it’s just not there. I can force myself to write and usually push out some work or story, but more often than not it isn’t anything special (that’s what editing is for).
There are even times when I set aside time to write and just can’t do it. Instead I work on research (for articles) or character/plot development (for fiction) and sometimes that is enough to make me feel like I’ve accomplished something. Other times I simply have to read something motivating or inspiring.
Having battled (and still managing) depression I can say that it is ok to not want to write sometimes but when you get that
But when inspiration strikes – when I want to write – wow! Watch me go!