Finding Everyday Inspiration: I Write Because…

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Part of WordPress’s writing course Finding Everyday Inspiration.

Here’s a semi-free-writing exercise on the metaphysical topic Why I Write aka Why I Even Exist, which will spiral down to bleak existentialism (Warning, warning), however, relieved by sardonic bites on the way. I will list a succession of reasons why I might write and will test the validity of each. (From the previous sentence, you’d never guess I’m a trained academic, right? Yes, I am being sarcastic.)

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In case you’re not dazzled by my writing, here’s a dazzling sun

I write because. Full stop.  This non-answer is so low that it isn’t worthy of a comment. (Damn. I just commented on it.) Scratch this.

I write because I can. This is a dumb non-reason in so many ways. Why would I do something only because I can? I don’t drive a car into a bridge only because I can. (Though, technically, I can’t because I don’t own a car and can’t drive well, hence I’d sooner drive into something accidentally than deliberately managing to hit a bridge.)

I write because I want to express myself. I don’t think so. First, I don’t think my self is so fascinating that it needs to be expressed for the benefit of humankind; second, anyone expresses themselves already through the simple fact of their existence. Why make it further complicated by writing your self?

I write because my mind occasionally requires to unburden itself and spill its (dis)contents on the screen for no particular reason. Now we’re getting close. Since I can’t find the clear cache setting in my head, I need to perform this routine maintenance task manually. (Speaking of which, does your computer need maintenance? If so, you can just as well do it now because this post isn’t going anywhere particular. If you don’t feel like clearing your cache and cookies, just go eat some cookies for me.)

I write because I’m lonely and scared. That escalated quickly. Seems legit though. I don’t quite think that the self by virtue of its very nature can ever connect with not-self. In non-philosophical terms, I can’t connect with you simply because I’m not you. Some degree of connection, of course, is doable, but ultimately, we are all alone. (I read it somewhere, so it must be right.)

That echoing thud right now was where this post hit the bottom of the downward spiral, as promised. The good news: it’s not getting any deeper! (And a gross joke that I just recalled in connection with writing to relieve yourself—I heard it on TV, where one character shared something he shouldn’t have to relieve his conscience, and another character retorted, If you want to relieve yourself, go jerk off. So.) Finally, on my defence, I literally (not figuratively, literally literally) followed this writing challenge’s prompt which read: Go for the jugular. If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy. 

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12 comments on “Finding Everyday Inspiration: I Write Because…”

    1. Aw, that’s a huge compliment, thank you so much! I think I’m cheating a bit though because for my degree in English literature, I’ve done more than my share of writing…

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  1. I like the last one as much as I like all the headings you have written to. I wouldn’t say I was scared as a reason for writing its more there is only me and rather than talk to myself I find it far more interesting and engaging to write to myself. Occasionally I write to someone in a blog post but that requires a degree of camouflage so as to protect the innocent. Expressing myself is what I do, especially when presented with a writing prompt and as with all prompts some are easier than others and some are just downright dumb and so I avoid them.
    I think your final sentences sum up the act of writing so well. Sometimes you start a piece with no idea where it is going and along the way your muse points you in a direction that takes you to some exciting place.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your reasons for writing, it’s so interesting to read and compare with mine! It does makes sense that it’s better to write to yourself than to talk to yourself – plus on a blog, you never write to yourself alone, which is a nice bonus too. I enjoy communicating with fellow bloggers the most 🙂

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    1. That’s several reasons I forgot to mention, and very well-founded ones! It’s great that writing college papers hasn’t taken away your joy from writing 🙂 Keep it up and have fun!

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