Do It Because You Want To

from Meg Dowell

Novelty Revisions

Why do you write?

I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question countless times before. Or maybe others have sought an answer from you because they were curious, or wanted to feel inspired.

You might be tempted to answer “logically.” You’re good with words, so you managed to turn a hobby into a career. You want to help people. You don’t want your ability to communicate clearly to go to waste.

At least, when you’re having a good day.

When you aren’t, you might not have much of an answer for yourself or those querying. You might wonder if you should even be writing at all.

The truth is, there are only a few things that turn a hopeful aspiring writer into a successful, productive novelist, journalist, screenwriter, or blogger.

One of those things is that for them, writing is something they do out of both want and need.

If you’re…

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