Road Trip Wednesday is a weekly blog carnival hosted by YA Highway. This week's topic is: What's your numero-uno reason for writing?
I read the prompt and immediately thought it was a simple--no, easy--question to blog about. And then I started to formulate my answer, and I realized that it's not. It's really hard to explain why I write. Particularly because writing is hard work. An answer like "Because I love telling stories and I have so many I want to tell" doesn't explain how I get past writer's block, first-draft ennui, or tackling notes on a MS.
I write because I like the process and I love the promise. The promise of making something out of random ideas. The promise of falling in love with my characters. The promise of sharing my work with other people, in whatever form that takes. But most of all, the promise of creative freedom.
When I was in elementary school, a poet visited my class. (I wish I remember who she was.) She taught us about the concept of poetic license, and how when you're writing a poem, you can use words however you want. Verbs as nouns, nouns as sounds, nonsense words as meaningful. The poet has total creative freedom and license to do whatever. Poetic license seemed like the greatest thing in the world to me. No rules, total creativity. The people who get to play like that were the luckiest.
Of course I did start trying to use poetic license in my regular schoolwork, and that didn't always go over so well. I figured out not everybody, all the time, can play with words.
I think I started writing because I wanted to get to play like that and have a space where I had no rules, total creativity. And I do feel like the luckiest now, when I'm working on a story.