You know how I love an excuse for more soul searching. So, of course I have gone through this exercise - often actually.
Most recently, before my book deal and such, I had a major crisis of faith - a moment when I was certain that quitting was the best thing for me to do. I soul searched, prayed, contemplated -
and ultimately, reaffirmed all of the reasons I continue to write -
- Writing to me is so much more than stringing the words of a particular story together. It is my chance to explore what it means to be completely human. All aspects of this shared experience called humanity is worthy of exploration - the light and hope, as well as the shadow and darkness. Writing allows me to explore things I may never get to directly experience, as well as connect with people on a more intimate level. And I am all about connections.
- I write for the adventure. The chance to go to new places, embrace new things, experience depths of emotion I would not otherwise know.
- I write for the transcendence it brings - the things I learn from the story itself, from my characters, from the experience of writing, and the feedback of readers.
- I write because although I have tried to walk away more times than I care to admit, I am inexplicably chained to the form of expression, this type of art. As my mother was tethered to her need to create through painting, I am forever linked to my need to create through words.
Your turn. Time for you to explore the reasons behind your passion. Why do you (fill in the blank)? Your answers may just surprise you!