I write because I can't not write. | Inkwells & Images

Why I Write

I write because I can't not write. | Inkwells & Images

For those of you who subscribe to my monthly-ish newsletter, you know that in 2015 I am making time to write. It might sound crazy to you, that I’m giving up T.V. time and reading time in order to write a novel that may or may not ever be published, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts about why writing is so important to me.

I write because it steadies me. It forces a pause.

Pauses create space. Space, for us introverts, is good. It allows thoughts to settle in the dust stirred up by deep conversation. Not a surface-scratch kind of talk, but one that requires a stout shovel. Those are the only conversations really worth having.

I write because when I don’t put words on paper, I feel like I’m floating, without an anchor. Everyone needs to feel the weight of a good anchor.

I write because when I don’t, I miss it. I am cranky and lazy and feel a good bit without purpose. When I don’t write, I get disappointed in myself. Even more so than when I don’t do the dishes or can’t remember to switch the laundry. Not writing feels in-authentic to me, like I’m not letting myself be myself.

I write because writers who don’t write aren’t really writers, are they?

I write because I can’t not write.

That is why I write.

And I guess that is a sign I should give up some T.V. time and keep writing.

If you are a writer, what makes you keep putting pen to paper day after day? Would you miss it if you stopped? 

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Abbigail Kriebs

Inkwells & Images, LLC is the result of years of writing in secret, more than a decade of obsessively photographing everyone and everything around me, two college degrees, and the ultimate realization that working in corporate America is not as glamorous as they make it out to be in all the late-90s movies. This website will be a space where I showcase my photography and writing. This blog will a space where I explore life. Being a small business owner. What it means to be a writer. What I learn as I become a better photographer.

2 thoughts on “Why I Write”

  1. Inspiring, Abbie. I agree with each of these reasons, but I don’t think I can put it as beautifully as you did.
    If I stopped writing, I would lose the allowance of figuring out what it is I think. Usually when I sit down to write, I think, “This piece will be a no brainer. I’ll crank it out in no time.” And then I start to write and I find something in the story I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Or I learn something I hadn’t known before. It’s a haunting process, walking into a space I am unsure of. But I would miss it if I stopped writing.

    1. “I would lose the allowance of figuring out what it is I think.”

      I think that’s a pretty beautiful way to describe it, Callie. I often don’t know what I think about a subject until I take the time to put it into words, and usually words on paper. I find the slower I digest something, the more time I take to write it down, the better I know and understand it later. I would miss out on a lot of myself if I didn’t write.

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