3 Reasons I Write
Why write? Why invest the time and energy it takes to day after day put pen to page (or fingers to keys) and pour forth these words that may never see the light of day? Before embarking on this journey I asked myself this same question. There are a number of reasons I wrote down in my prayer journal that day, but I wanted to share with you the three that immediately came to mind.
I write because I honestly feel like that is what God has called me to do in this season of life. I kept putting it off so long for fear of failure until it got to the point where I felt I was being disobedient if I didn't write.
I write because there is a need within me to tell these stories. The words tend to well up inside until I feel I must get them out or burst! I'm sure other writers out there will agree :) I think the above quote by Sylvia Plath says it best.
I write because it is life-giving to me! It gives me such joy to use the gifts God has given me in this area. Our God is a creative God, the ultimate storyteller; there is no plot twist or character type he did not first create. What joy it is to try and give others the tiniest glimpse of God through my writing! Words have such power and I want to use mine to bring glory to God.
"Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18
Do I also write because I hope to be published? Absolutely! Do I hope to make money writing? I'd be lying if I said no. But I know that in the times of self-doubt and frustration those reasons are not what will keep me going. At the end of the day, when it all comes down to it, the reason I write, and will continue to write, is because of the three things listed above.