Friday, November 23, 2007

Reasons to be a Writer--the Short List

Good and Bad Reasons to be a Writer--the abridged version
by Scott Edelstein

Good Reasons
  1. To communicate to others your ideas, emotions, experiences, cares, needs, concerns, questions, and obsessions.
  2. To grow emotionally, intellectually, psychologically, artistically, and/or spiritually; to help others to do the same.
  3. To entertain yourself and/or others.
  4. To leave your mark on the world.
  5. To play with words, concepts, images, and meanings.
  6. To provide catharsis--to enable what's inside of you
    to come out.

Bad Reasons

  1. To hurt other people or take revenge on them.
  2. To make, or attempt to make, other people miserable, envious, or unhappy.
  3. To impress others with the fact that you're a writer.
  4. To make yourself miserable. (If writing makes you miserable, don't be a writer!)

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Tiffany Stuart said...

Great list!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad those bad things don't apply to me! I LOVE WRITING! Woohoo!

elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing!

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