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Why are you still writing?

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neomerlin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Writer
Okay, let's be honest. Writing is kind of a pain in the ass. It's a lot of work and a lot of time and the best we can hope for is somebody takes the time to read what we've written and then talk about how they would have done it better. You're hardly even likely to get a "Thanks, you entertained me for a few hours." Writing is sweat and tears and headaches and back aches. It rubs the paint of your keys, it keeps you up at night and it takes up all your free time.

Wouldn't it be easier to just play video games or watch football or drink yourself into a stupor? At least those hobbies are easier to talk about with people.

But I guess that doesn't matter because you're still doing it. So am I, for that matter. So there must be SOMETHING the makes you keep going. You must be getting SOMETHING out of it. So come on, let's hear it..

Why did you start writing? And more important, why in God's name are you still writing?
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EchoInTheVoid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
I started writing as an escape from reality (as I'm sure most have.) I started to make my own friends through words on a loose leaf of paper. People were never kind to me so I started making my 'friends' brutally murder antagonists with similar traits as the people who have done me wrong. Also, I was fourteen when my mother said "quit playing with your imagination, your too old for that." So with that and isolation I started forming my own little worlds, war, horror, insanity, love and various others. I never really had a theme in each story until this year, I always just gave details and a place for my characters to be and 'act'

So I write because; imagination has been my sweetest friend since I could walk and think straight. It is a strong passion and a fantastic way to escape everyone's crap and express my thoughts and feelings!
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I originally got into writing because of a crush I had in high school. What kept me writing after I got turned down was the inspiration I got from listening to Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band's "Trout Mask Replica." Captain Beefheart's surreal, offbeat lyricism was like something from another galaxy to me, and I wanted to write stuff in that surreal vein as well. The more I learned about classic literature and the more I listened to literate music like Talking Heads & Tom Waits, the more I became engrossed in experimenting with my writing.

I keep writing because it's a great way for me to paint the kind of pictures I wouldn't normally be able to literally paint/draw. As corny as this may sound, it's an extension of who I am as a person and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually like the process of writing a story and reading it over many times to spot mistakes and consistency errors.

Yeah... I must've gone mad long ago...
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von19 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
Lol I like this ^
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You better do! :D
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
That's a unique answer. I don't think you're mad.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah. I'm just a bit obsessed when it comes to writing :D
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iroNoNiji Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I started because friends started, then stopped because my parents first reaction was 'what kind of shit are you writing' (they later said they hadn't even read it and were annoyed that I deleted it). I started again, because friends started, and continued to spite my parents. Then I started writing (again) because I was bored. I've had so many reasons, I couldn't keep count and I don't know why I write now.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Because I can write in various forms while working on my novel(s). Blogging, volunteering/commissions for games and short stories, and the like.
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TristanCody Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
I started to make a point I could. Continued because I learned I could make a point.
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HyperGumChewer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Why do I write? That's like asking a bird why it flies, or a fish why it swims. Writing is life. It comes naturally. Those who know how to write do it, those who don't never will. I write because it gets my thoughts out. It lets me let my inner self out, the side of me I cannot make an exterior out of. I write to make characters, scenes. I write because I talk better with my hands, my heart, my head, instead of my mouth. I am in no sense a storyteller, just a maker.

Millions of ideas swirl about, poetry, stories, settings, people. I make entire chapters in my head. My only restriction is that I'm no good putting my stories through technology, and am much better with a pen/pencil and paper, and my handwriting makes it legible to myself only.

It's just too bad the past few years I'm stuck inside a writers block. Not behind, but inside.
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TTFNJinx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I had a person ask me once why am I always writing and I told her because I love to write. And she bugged me over and over about why until finally I told her because it makes me look smarter and ppl who bug me look dumber!

That's not why.

I like writing even though it can be such a chore, I still write because I have so many thoughts in my head I need to get them out before I explode! Writing helps me get all that creative energy out of me and onto paper that way I can decide whether or not its useful or trash. Even when I'm angry at people I'll write an angry letter then read it then crumple it up and throw it away. I can get my feelings out easier writing than speaking. I solve a lot of my problems through my ability to put it all down on paper.
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yourdoom243 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Writer
feel lke 'm on vacaton from Fcton, Essays, revson, and the letter "". 'm savng energy for my college wrtng class, where wll be lstenng to Htchens for nspraton wth every assgnment. My goal s to convnce the nstructor that am a god.
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Bristow-sama Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Because there are ideas in my head that I want to get down, and hopefully someone will read them someday. Unfortunately, nothing I have ever posted on the internet has ever become popular, but I hope that one day one of my stories will be published, and I know SOMEONE will read it.

Admittedly, there are days where writing feels like work with no reward. But there are the days when I write the perfect metaphor, create a new character, finally fill that plot hole, or come up with a new twist, and it makes everything worth it. THere's nothing more gratifying than finishing writing something and being so proud.
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CosmicSilver Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I started writing when I was about 13/14 years old. It was the typical stuff--teen angst, wanting a boyfriend, wanting to be pretty and popular. Back then, it was writing "just to get it out on paper". I still feel that way, sort of. However, it's much more than getting it out somewhere. It's like recording my feelings in that moment. It's a diary entry, a snapshot in time. Since I do it so much, it has become a part of me. It's...natural. Like there's an actual organ inside of me that thrives on writing and inspires me to keep going. I honestly cannot help it.

Then, of course it's my brain. The inspiration hits me instantly at inappropriate times. Which is why I need to have a notebook, pen, or my iPod Touch with me at all times. There's this kind of "doitdoitdoitdoitWRIIIIIIITE" voice inside of my head the entire time I'm trying to collect, process, and create something. If I do it much later, it's never the same. It drives me CRAZY.

I write not only to express myself, but to hopefully connect with other people. I usually write about sad stuff--broken romance, longing, desires, boredom...blah blah...and it's almost like all the crap in my life makes the writing really rich. (or at least I'd like to think. I could be churning straight up garbage here and on tumblr, lol....) In any case, I feel like my emotions are not my own--hence my desire to publish them in a written format. There could be someone out there going through the same exact thing.

Though I've had to kill a few darlings over the years (and sadly, lost a few thanks to dying tech-freakin-nology), I write because I MUST. It's an urge, a drive, a burning desire. It's a part of me and helps me to express those things I might not be so quick to say verbally. The only downside is that my writing voice tends to be much stronger than my speaking voice. Case in point--I always think of something AWESOME to say hours after an argument. -___-

TL;DR
I write because writing is my heart. It is the link to my soul. It is a strong brand of expression. It simply IS. Can't stop, won't stop!
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SaraAlaska Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good question to ask really, I've been writing for nearly two years now. :)

I started writing when I was twelve, I always had a big imagination and after reading a book or watching a movie I would picture myself in side it with the characters, although it always got crazy and wasn't hardly ever reconizable to the orginal idea where I got it from (Why I don't write fan-fiction I always go crazy and twist everything up that's its no longer hardly related to the thing I was writing from) Soon I began coming up with ideas myself though they were still greatly inspired by books, movies and resently and more current now, music. I thought I way insane because I was always inside my world inside my head, alone I found I was talking to myself :/ Saying the exact words I was saying and even the other people in my head were.

I didn't start writing till I had a dream that in which became my short-story trilogy that I'm now re-writing in to a novel called THE ULTIMATE POWER. I started talking to my mom who had gone to college for Journilism about writing and she set me up and got me a giant book 'bout writing (once I got to like my fifth piece of work though) I talked to my grandmother a lot about it and she helped a lot with it.

In a way writing became my get-away I'm homeschooled and only able to get out when we're grocery shopping so I always felt trapped why I think the imagintive worlds always sucked me in so easily because I wanted to get away as soon as possible (still do) writing makes me feel less crazy, gives me a chance to get those worlds out of my head and on to paper to make room for a different world. Although I had started writing songs when I was ten for the same reason as stories.

I still write for the same reasons, I have a big imagination, and the elements and Greek mythology inspires me everyday. I always need to make room for more. I've now authored one trilogy soon to be two possible three in another year or so, several short-stories that with some editing and adding I could make a novella and maybe soon two novella/or hopefully novels! :) and a short-story mystery supernatural series I'm almost done with! :)

so why do you write?
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Because it never occurred to me not to? XD
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Razgriz-3 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
It's the only thing I seem to enjoy AND have a talent at. Or sorta for both. I'm a lazy-tail just like the next guy, but I need some way to know that I have a use of some sort.
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Writing is a form of escapism for me. I can leave behind reality and suspend anxiety and just focus on creating new stories that I enjoy reading. And along the way, maybe that writing can be a gift to others.
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mothlets Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   General Artist
Because I've never done anything else.

I dabble in photography and mixed media and painting, but writing is something ingrained to me -- not to sound like one of those pretentious writers-on-writing who mistake themselves for having some semblance of importance BUT I just think it's a part of my routine. My everyday life. And naturally, my identity. I don't remember a time I didn't write, vocally or literally. My parents don't either, so I think it's safe to say I'll be doing this for the rest of my life. ;)
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AnukeorSplatter Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why do people do anything?

Honestly, why do people create music, paint masterpieces, or even get good grades?

I think the best thing to compare writing to is cooking.

Chefs cook to create something that tastes good. They can say that they made the thing that tastes good- even if they're the only ones enjoying it. It can take hours, even days of preperation, and another person may eat it without thought, but they still do it.

It's the same way with writing; The self satisfaction of seeing YOUR words and ideas on paper is enough to keep doing it.
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SimpleBend Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I started writing because when I was twelve, writing stories for my own enjoyment (instead of doing normal things like talking about newly discovered boys all day long) sounded really awesome. I keep on doing it because I can't imagine my life without writing. Sometimes, I feel like I owe literature my life. I want to become a writer one day. And I want to be good. I believe, like Orhan Pamuk that: I write because I'm not happy. I write to be happy.
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't consider myself a writer. I used to hate it with a passion. I started writing only a year ago to fill out descriptions for my art on this site. At first it was just descriptions of the alien creatures I would draw, written from the point of view of the "people" who discovered them. It was just a way to add context to what would otherwise be a bland description straight out of a biology textbook. These people mutated into characters, then the writeups sort of organized themselves into a story with a plot, and before I knew it I had a science fiction novella numbering twenty thousand words and counting. Whoops. Didn't mean for that to happen.

I still write because there are some ideas visual art cannot express the way the written word can.
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Writer
Haha. Accidental novella. That's interesting. Kudos to you. I wish I had accidental novellas :)
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Why am I still writing? Why not?
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Writer
Why not? Well, it takes up time and it makes your wrists hurt and it's difficult to socialise and do it at the same time. You could be learning another language, playing in a bad, climbing the corporate ladder and getting rich. There's probably as many reasons not to write as there are reasons to write.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Eh, pain is temporary. I've gone through worse than sore wrists. That's peanuts to me. Socializing? Put down the pen or save your document and talk to the guy next to you. As for language, I am Canadian, so that means I was taught to be bilingual at a young age, vous comprendrez? I'm not exactly fluent, but I won't be jabbering like an idiot in France. I also have half Italian and half Croatian heritage. So that's a total of four languages I'm exposed to (including English) on a daily basis. Plus, I have interests in other languages with characters being from different nations or planets with other languages themselves. As for Corporatism, I'm aiming to be a writer, or educator, plus my family owns its own business, so I don't need to venture into the corporate world if I don't want to, and I can live a comfortable lifestyle too. I have all the bases covered there.

So again, why not?
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Writer
I'm aiming to be a writer...

And there's a reason why.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If you want a more serious answer, I will give you one:

I'm still writing because I see a future for myself here. I seriously want to get better. Even if this isn't my primary career choice (which it may not be), I want to write. I want to make a world, and I want to take people on an adventure. You know what they say: you can only get better. What I'm doing today will directly benefit me in the future.

So seriously speaking: the reason for continuing to write varies from person to person. From my perspective, at the risk of sounding dramatic, I'm still writing because my personal journey in storytelling is nowhere near done.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, and I forgot to mention on top of that, worldbuilding is just a blast! Creating a culture and civilization and being able to do with it what you will? It's exhilarating!
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Misery and duty.
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passionatepremise Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I write, because writing is a passion I have had for years.
I read some stories, loved them, and wanted to make my own for people.
Along with singing, writing is one of the best things I am good at,
and if people love my stories and I love them too, then I feel like I should continue.
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Because I love writing.
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I write because I don't draw as well as I write (and that is not even to say that I write well). :p It would be nice - really, really nice - to get reactions from people and know that I can, in fact, make something bigger out of this that other people can enjoy . . . but ultimately I write because I enjoy it, and I want to share it.
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Zurthuryx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I, Zürthüryx Hemtolig Qosdarlu, and my co-author Thejyreq Vazgothicus Ldeikone started writing because we just didn’t want to be consumers of media anymore. We wanted to be producers of it too. We like using our imagination and telling stories. We also wanted to do something where we were able to combine all kinds of our interests into one thing and be able to share it with others. We wanted to create something that hopefully people would like. We first started out writing a fanfiction series called “Married…with Kaoru.” It was based off Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. Then we moved onto an original dark fantasy/action/adventure one called “Darkquisition,” which is on this website. Writing has given our lives more purpose now. It’s like we’re responsible for a life besides our own.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Writer
Cuz I did not stop. True story.
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LaEmperatrizMariana Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoy story-telling and it's quicker to write [badly] than to draw out a comic - even if it's short and terrible.
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Ammb96 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly, I don't know why I started writing. I just always have in some form or another ever since I was younger. I guess you could say I didn't have a happy childhood and writing was kind of what I turned to. It still is. I don't write for other people, I write for me. And I think that that's why I still love it so much, because I don't worry about what everyone else thinks of my pieces I just care what I think.

So, *neomerlin I told you why I started and still do write. Now you tell me.
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Writer
I was asked earlier and answered but I'm only too happy to answer again.

There's a couple of reasons.

I want to entertain others. I want to write novels and comics that other people will enjoy and remember. Fame and fortune would be nice, but that's not the real goal. The goal is to give readers something they can say they were glad they read.

I also want to understand writing more. And writers, too, for that matter! Writing is something of an odd hobby or professions in that seems to stand apart from other art forms. It's not enough for me to just write, I want to know what it is about literature that attracts people and what makes literature become great literature.

And sure, I enjoy writing. For all the hassle that can be involved, I still love it. But I enjoy a lot of things and I wouldn't spend nearly as much time on writing if it was just a fun hobby.

Why did I START writing? That isn't such an easy question. I seem to recall it was because I was told to. In school we had to write stories and while I wasn't good at it, I enjoyed it a great deal. Two points in history stand out for me. One was writing a particularly long story (for me) in first grade and having it put up on the classroom wall. The other was when a friend suggested we co-write a story. We did, he got tired half-way through and wanted to write a quick ending. I decided it was not a good enough ending and proceeded to write the rest myself. This story was also terrible but the eight year old me was very proud of it. I showed it to everyone (literally showed. I don't remember them reading it but I printed it off and showed them that I'd done it.) I even gave it a cover and wrote a blurb for it. That was when I decided I wanted to be an author. Since then, it's just been years and years of striving for that goal.
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Mollytop Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Writing is honestly a very hard for those who are still unaware about the writing skills. Writing is an art which which enhance the interest of the reader to be with the story till the conclusion or end of the topic.
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Solaces Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
That is a fucking good question. When I was a freshman in high school, 98% of my teen angst came from writing and how much I haaaaated it but loooooved it at the same time. And I suppose I continue to have that sort of relationship with it.

But you know what I always say? There are two things I find myself regularly talking about because in doing so I stay sane about them--writing and food.:P
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EJJones Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Waiting for someone to read is secondary to me ...
I like writing, I do not like waiting for someone to tell me if it's good or bad what I write. Before I do care about that. Now just write to me.
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singagainsoon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents told me that I always used to make up stories, since I was very young. I guess it just sort of stuck. Writing is sort of like therapy for me, and I can express myself through it. I'm constantly getting better, and I love the satisfaction that comes with making something new, even though when I try writing anything longer than a short story, I never finish it. It feels good to be able to put what's in my head on the paper, even when it doesn't come out quite right.
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wolfos96 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just the satisfaction of creating something makes me happy. As long as I'm making something new, I'm happy. Entertaining others is just a bonus for me.
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Live-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty simple, I really love good stories. I want to give to people the happiness that great stories have given to me. Also, getting published and making money would be nice, sure that's not my main motivation but anyone who says they aren't in it for that at all is probably lying.

So yeah, for the love of the story and not much more.
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Lartovio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not really sure!

I have so much more I could (and probably should) be doing whenever I sit down and take time to write, but I just keep on keeping on, I guess. I think it's because I love it. It's fun, I learn so much, and I feel like it's the one thing I'm really good at and improve upon quickly. :)

As to why I started, it was basically peer pressure. Everyone around me was writing dinky little short stories, and I decided to take it a little further. Three years later, here I am.

Why are you still writing?
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
How kind of you to ask. There's a couple of reasons.

I want to entertain others. I want to write novels and comics that other people will enjoy and remember. Fame and fortune would be nice, but that's not the real goal. The goal is to give readers something they can say they were glad they read.

I also want to understand writing more. And writers, too, for that matter! Writing is something of an odd hobby or professions in that seems to stand apart from other art forms. It's not enough for me to just write, I want to know what it is about literature that attracts people and what makes literature become great literature.

And sure, I enjoy writing. For all the hassle involved, sometimes, I still love it. But I enjoy a lot of things and I wouldn't spend nearly as much time on writing if it was just a fun hobby.
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Lartovio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
That is far deeper than what I said. Those are some really great goals. Good luck with it all.
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
And to you.
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MadameThibodeau Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think I've always been writing. I started writing little stories when I was 5, just shortly after I learned how to write. My head has always been in the clouds that way, and my parents were very supportive in letting me express my creative freedoms. I guess they felt it was better for me to do that then to dye my hair and get piercings all over, lol.
I'm now writing a novel. I'm not writing it for anyone but me (and a little bit my husband I suppose, since one of the main characters is his), and if I get some people to read it and pay for it, then so much the better, but I couldn't really care if it didn't. I like to let my characters have a voice, and since I really can't draw (really, I've been trying on and off since I was like 10) writing is the way that I do it =)
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Cantus-Avis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't stop if I wanted to.
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