May 22, 2007

Why I Write

Filed under: General,Writing — crcb @ 6:03 am

I’m sure I’ll add to this list. These are all true, but not at all times and not equally.

  • For fame.
  • For money.
  • For groupies.
  • Because life is funny, odd, beautiful and short.
  • To win the approval of my friends: William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, William Carlos Williams, John Keats, Stevie Smith, Franz Kafka. These are my father and mother, my sisters and brothers.
  • Because it’s fun.
  • Because I’m a genius, and it wouldn’t be fair to deprive the world of my works.
  • Because, even though I’m an idiot and my writings are ugly and stupid children, they are mine.
  • To create one piece that will add something to one person’s life, whether it comforts, inspires, enrages or amuses her.
  • To live forever.
  • To add my little part to the good humanity does, and balance out a little of our immense evil; to justify the ways of man to God.
  • To save the world.
  • To save God.
  • To save myself.
  • Because writers have given me so much, and I want to do what I can in my turn.
  • To go home.
  • Because I can’t sing.


  1. I wish I could be as succinct. The reasons why I write are so complex I had to put together a blog to get my brain around the subject. It is too fraught with emotion, spirituality and self-doubt. I’ve been a professional writer for over 20 years and my first waking thought (still) every morning is whether I will be able to put pen to paper effectively on that particular day. I’m a graphomaniac and when I’m not writing well or stalled or spinning my tires, it’s an ugly thing to behold.

    Drop by my site for further details (if you wish). My blog is “Beautiful Desolation” and it can be found at:

    Best wishes to you.

    Comment by Cliff Burns — May 22, 2007 @ 7:21 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback: it’s good to know at least one person has read one of my posts.

    I’ve taken a look at your site, and look forward to digging into it further.


    Comment by crcb — May 25, 2007 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  3. Have you checked out “Library Thing” yet? You can load your favourite books on for free (up to 200 books then, I think, you have to pay a small fee) but once you join (again free), there are lots of forums and literary folk to chat or cross swords with. I’ve been posting in the “Writers/Readers” section and having some interesting chats/debates. You might want to give it a peek.

    Comment by Cliff Burns — May 28, 2007 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  4. No, I haven’t taken a look at Library Thing, but I certainly will. Thanks for the tip.

    (I’ve been working long hours and long weeks lately, and haven’t had much web time.)


    Comment by crcb — June 3, 2007 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

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