I’ve read so many stories of writers and their advice, their reasons for writing, their thoughts and statements on what writing means to them. I have a long standing subscription to The Writer magazine http://www.writermag.com/ and in every issue there is an interview with a writer, plus articles by writers that are meant to help other writers hone their craft or perhaps even to figure out if the writing life is their true calling.
What makes a writer a “writer?” My reason for writing is that all my life I’ve had the urge to put my thoughts/ actions or dream-stories on paper. When in elementary school I was the dreamer, the one looking out the window during class and dreaming stories. My father "urged" me on when we were learning to write by giving my sister and me allowance only after we'd written a short story. He'd go over it with us checking for content, spelling, etc. During my teen years I kept a journal. Every trip I’ve gone on in my life I’ve kept a journal of some sort, even if it was just writing the day’s events down and nothing more. Back then I had no dreams to actually publish anything. I only wanted to write.
So Urge is my word for today. Does my urge, my need to write make me a writer? All I know is my life is better when I write. So that is what I do. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a good enough writer to make my living at it, but I will listen to my inner urge to express my thoughts or my dream-stories on paper and keep my fingers crossed.
What gives you the urge to write? What makes it something you don't want to live without?