why she wrote

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

– Joan Didion


If you had to have one job, for the rest of your life, and you had to do it for free…what would it be?

It’s a basic enough question. One The Euro is always putting to people who complain to him about their work, who hate their jobs, who stress and second guess their chosen profession. And whenever they give him an answer his reply is always the same. “So, do it.”

Just like Joan, I adapted Orwell’s essay a few years ago. Looking back, my reasons sound pretty superficial. I should rewrite it; but I won’t. I’ll just do a giant strikethrough and add this instead:

I write because it comforts me to do so. It’s as simple and as complex as that. What about you?

Why do you write?

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  • Sarah
    Jun 12, 2008 at 15:30

    I’ll have to agree with Joan. I could never put it that eloquently though.

  • melissa
    Jun 12, 2008 at 19:43

    To take a snapshot of a moment, a person,
    something I want to remember.
    Oh, yes, that’s exactly how I felt…..
    Oh, yes, that is how it looked to me.
    To capture the fleeting.

    (I like to take actual photos, as well)

  • Kristy Colley
    Jun 12, 2008 at 20:53

    To be okay with life. To find a way to enjoy it from a perspective better than mine.

  • Frannie Farmer
    Jun 14, 2008 at 19:51

    I write the thrings I can’t seem to say out loud.
    To confront my fears — and my demons!

  • heidi grether
    Jun 14, 2008 at 21:05

    When I write, I am stretching out my heart, yearning for connection.