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Why do you write?

It’s that time of the week – Discussion Tuesday.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it.
Last weeks topic was What is Purple Prose? and the week prior was What type of writer are you?. 
If you did missed out, you can click on the link above, to read and comment.

For now, this weeks discussion is:

Why do you write?

There are many reasons for people to do things but I want to know what drives you to publish a book; post on your blog; enter a writing competition; or study the art of writing.

My advice to writers is live true to ‘yourself’ and your ‘passion’ nothing else matters.

Do you write because this is what you love doing? Or are you writing because you have a story you are dying to tell? Or do you write because one day you dream of having your book published with a major publisher.

For me, it was something I was drawn into it naturally. A friend showed me The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, after watching it I purchased the books and read them. I was so intrigued and caught up in the world of Tolkien – I read all of his works. It led me to authors similar and I read, and I read, and I read.

Eventually, I thought – I want to create a world with a complex history and page-turning characters.

At the time, I was enrolled at the University of Wollongong in a Bachelor of Arts, unsure of my major. I investigated the idea of studying Creative Writing – the stars aligned and I transferred to a Bachelor of Arts: major in Creative Writing, Sociology and English Literature. After I enrolled, I discovered my grandfather wrote an auto-biography, which I would love to publish for him.

So this brings me back to my original question.

Why do you write?

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