"So, what got you into writing?" "When did you decide to start writing?" "Why did you decide to become a writer?"
Hello internet friends. A lot of you (particularly my fellow bloggers) are writers. If people know that you write, you've inevitably been asked at least one of the three questions listed above (or one or more different questions entirely). I honestly don't like it when people ask me these types of questions. I mean, I get it- calling yourself "a writer" is a little out of the ordinary, and it's an opportunity for polite and vaguely interesting small talk. The reason I dread those questions is because I don't know how to answer them. There's not any real reason I decided to "become" a writer. I've loved reading ever since I learned how to read, and since I spent a lot of time reading, I ended up deciding to write my own "book" (my first "book" was approximately ten sentences long). I wrote several short stories when I was about six or seven, and as I got older they began to progress into the real beginnings of books- three to five chapters long. I never ended up finishing these, for one reason or another. I simply had these ideas floating around in my head, and I felt that I had to tie them up somehow into one story. Once I wrote a bit, the "urge" would eventually cease and desist, and I'd forget about it. In 2015, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo and write a novel. I'd had the idea for a while (it was a combination of several different ideas that I'd written down over the years), and it was further along in the thought process then most of my former story ideas had ever been... So I decided that I would finally write and complete a book. Once I started Continuing Forever, I realized that I had more than one book's worth of content in mind... Thus, it became a trilogy (as of yet unfinished). So, I guess I'm a writer. Not "professionally", really... at least, I don't feel like a professional. I write if I have an idea, and only if I have an idea, because if I write just to write something, there's no point- it's going to suck. I didn't really decide to start writing... it just happened, more or less. And I need writing, honestly. In general, I'm a pretty quiet person. I don't talk a whole lot, and even when I want to talk, I have a hard time translating my thoughts into spoken words that make sense to other people. Writing is an outlet for me. Everything flows better when I try to transform what's in my mind into a written sentence. It gives me a way to somewhat express myself- and without that, I'd probably go crazy due to everything constantly spinning around in my head. So yes... If you ever wonder why I'm a writer or why I write... Because I want to. Or because I need to. I don't know. I write because I have things to write about. (And hey...so do you. Everyone does.) The moment you start writing, you become a writer. If you write, why do you think that you write? Thanks for reading, -Anna