Writing is often a discouraging, overwhelming, and intimidating task, so why do we subject ourselves to do something that is seemingly akin to torture . . . or homework?
Ask any author and they will all admit to being compelled by some internal drive. It can be a stirring, like a gentle nudge or a whisper that we feel or hear deep within us. Or it can be a constant nag that reverberates like a hammer pounding.
For me, I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a child. Before I could write, I would draw pictures to illustrate the story I wanted to tell. I’ve long since advanced from crude drawings and misspelled words to short stories, poems, and my first real attempts at writing novels.
In The Midnight Disease by Alice W. Flaherty, the author states that Neurologist may have found a scientific reason we feel the need to write. The brain produces hypergraphia, which is an overpowering desire to write. It could have something to do with the structure of certain parts of the brain. So, to summarize, writing may be a mental disorder.
Whatever the reason we write, it is important to know why you are writing. If there isn’t a reason to write your story, there isn’t a reason to read it.