Archive for May 1, 2012

Why bother?

 

 

 

Why do I bother?

 

This is a question that I asked myself, though at first it wasn’t about writing.

 

I then realised that it is a very good question to put to writers too.

 

I am sure that you will all agree, writing is a hard slog at times. You get bored of a character, or the words just won’t flow. Or perhaps that story you wrote 10 years ago has given you ten times as many rejections. And so you think that maybe you aren’t cut out for this. ¬†And you hang your hat up, and throw your pens in the bin.

 

Only, a day or 10 from that day that you throw your pens in the bin, you feel, well………weird. Your pulse is okay. Your breathing is okay. Your eyes and gums are pink (and if this doesn’t apply to you, go see a doctor. Please!)

 

So what could be wrong? Then you realise. It has been a while since you wrote. And how you miss it! No wonder you feel like you are dying. Your life blood hasn’t been nurtured.

 

Then you realise why you bother. Because you need to. You need to write.

 

Taking a break is good. I have taken one. I have lived a little. And I remember why I bother.

 

Why do you?