It’s often hard to analyse the creative process.
There are probably as many reasons to write as there are writers.
In thinking about why I write, several ideas sprang to mind.
The most important one for me is that I sense God is asking me to express myself this way, and all the more the longer I live.
Well… here are a few…in no particular order of importance.
1) I just can’t help myself ~ It’s an urge deep within that cries out to be addressed and cannot be ignored.
2) I love to make connection points with others ~ soul to soul ~ to offer encouragement, support and hope.
3) It makes me come alive on the inside ~ enables me to feel free in a life that’s otherwise limited and constrained by illness.
4) To leave a heritage ~ a footprint in the sands of time with memories and memoir.
5) To communicate my voice and viewpoint ~ to hear and be heard.
6) In the process I discover more of who I am and what makes me tick ~ it reveals all that previously lay hidden.
7) It makes me listen more closely to God and observe the world around me with greater clarity.
8) To share my story as part of God’s greater narrative ~ give testimony to His goodness and grace.
9) I get to make friends with like-minded people in the supportive writing and blogging community in which I move.
10) Because it is a world of beauty, love and joy I can share in and be a small part of.
No more ado..here’s a poem to express much of what I feel about making a connection through the medium of words…
“Tears are words that need to be written” ~ Paul Coelho
because of its great ability
to connect succinctly
communicating deep and whole
engaging soul to soul
and because, for better or for worse,
my life has been circumscribed by verse
because I cannot
resist the tug and urge
of emotions pressing to be heard
as they flood and surge within me
to spill and splurge their way
upon the printed page
with passion, joy or rage
for an audience of One
who gifts me from above
courtesy of His grace and love
with a calling to reveal and share
memories, life and story
threaded with hope and mercy
to encourage those in need
because I desire
to express myself like this
be it creative agony or bliss
and find catharsis in release
of feelings that are healing
in enabling seeds of recognition to be sown
to show others they are not alone
“Always be a poet, even in prose” ~ Charles Baudelaire
I am grateful to Jeff Goins and Bryan Hutchinson for inspiring this post.
You can stop by Jeff’s blog to find out why others like to write too.