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Postby Crono91 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:02 pm

I write because it goes hand in hand with my imagination. Often than not, when I'm not placating my imagination, that's often an time when I going through a depressive phase. Regardless if I can or can't write, or if someone tells me to write or not, it's not really a factor in my "need" to write. I have other hobbies, but those hobbies tend to web back to the center, which, for me, is writing. From simple nature walks--metaphorically tying the growth of a forest with a story idea--to just watching a movie with friends--finding ways to refresh tired themes.

Also, while I'd love nothing more than to make writing a career, I'm not stupid into thinking it's ever going to happen. I have backup passions, as in teaching. :mrgreen: But I'll always be writing.

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I feel the sentiment that those with the ability to not write shouldn't write to begin with is simply something to tickle writing fanatics who aren't published yet. It sounds almost condescending to those who only write for the money--as if that's a problem.
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This may be naive on my part, but at least it will be a sincere naiveté. Whether someone should write or not isn't something people really need advice about, is it? The answer, it seems to me, is to examine your own life. What are your goals when it comes to writing and what are you willing to do to achieve them? How important is it to you? Only the individual knows the answer to those questions. I can't imagine ever advising someone not to write. It's like telling someone not to be a doctor because of the negative and difficult steps to becoming one. Even those who have romanticized notions of what being a writer is, and pursue it, will benefit from the life lessons learned.

I believe that when someone does ask, what they're actually looking for is permission (to write or, in some cases, to stop writing) or encouragement. Most of the famous advice I've ever read about whether or not to be a writer, even if it's true, sounds more like an attempt to be witty or clever.
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