I don’t think I necessarily have to explain this one to anyone who also writes. It’s just in our blood, am I right? I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t write. Actually, I tell a lie, I do—there was a time in my life when I didn’t, between the ages of 20 and 25 and I felt like I was squashed in a box.
Because of how it makes others feel
I had a chat with a reader (and fellow Perth lady) the other day and she mentioned after finishing both All The Colours and All The Darkness it got her thinking about how she wants to spoil her boyfriend more and how she was reminded of some of the important things, she may not have realised it at the time but it is one of the biggest compliments I think I’ll ever get. To know your words have made someone feel and think. That they’ve taken something out of your fictional story to apply to their own lives. That is simply incredible.
Because it is a great outlet
I have Endometriosis. I battle against my body on a regular basis, I don't let it define me but I can't ignore it, however writing helps draw me out of my occasional pity party and keeps my mind challenged and distracted. It also helps centre me. I get my cranky pants on when I go a few days without writing. Even if it is just to jot down some notes or write something rough on the notes app on my phone—or a blog post.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Endometriosis, but fortunately, there will always be words to play with.
Because I get to hang out in realities I’ve created
The real world can get a little much sometimes.
Because I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t
There is just no escaping it. It’s part of who I am and luckily, my people accept that I’m a little scatty because at least some part of my mind is usually focused on something to do with writing.