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November 4 question – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
Fantastic question! I never expected to become a writer. What I didn’t realize, however, was that I lived the writer experience long before publishing novels. As a psychologist, I write a case note after every psychotherapy session. These are narratives about the past, present, and future; narratives about tragedies and triumphs. I’ve also written a few scientific journal articles and book chapters.
So, maybe it wasn’t so far-fetched that I started writing novels, since they share a common motivation with my case notes: trying to make sense of why we do what we do.
Over time, I’ve developed other reasons for writing:
- Demystifying psychotherapy
- Sharing the healing power of love
- Exploring how functional and dysfunctional families work
- Creating happy endings when I can’t find them in real life, and…
- CONNECTING with the reader. I think we’re all seeking connection.
What about you? What motivates you to write or read?