Monday, August 24, 2015

Why I Write

For the past few weeks I've seen several of these "why I write" blog posts floating about on Twitter and it got me thinking.

In the past (including last week) I've posted about what I write.

But I've never really talked about why I write.

After much thought, here's my answer:

I'm sure some folks out there write because they want to explore some aspect of the human condition. Some likely write to advance and champion a cause that's dear to them. Some, to teach by way of an allegorical tale. Others may write because they have that certain story only they can tell the world. And still others write because they must.

To those who write because of those and/or similar reasons, I salute you.

Nothing so noble or meaningful for me.

I write to entertain.

To help in your escape from the stresses of the Real World.

I write to tak you on a pulse-pounding, exhilirating, roller coaster ride.

Or, at the very least, something close to that.

If, after reading one of my tales, you let out that breath you've been holding and say, "Wow! That was fun! Let's do it again! And then let's find another one he's written and enjoy that one, too!", then I've done my job.

That's why I write.

"But Abner," you might be saying. "What about the  bigger picture? What about writing to examine the self? Or to examine man and his connection to others, to life, the universe, and everything? In short, what about writing to advance a cause, explore the human condition, and teach through allegory? you heartless, inconsiderate bastard Don't you care about that, you heartless bastard?"

Honestly, I say let other people do that if they're so inclined. Seems to me there are enough writers out there who are doing exactly that.

Does that make me less of a writer?

I don't know.

I don't believe it does.

But if you think so, then maybe I'm not the writer for you.

Call me a hack writer if you like, if it will make you feel better.

I'll completely embrace the term.

So...once more, with feeling...

I write to entertain.

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