Why I Write

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Hello readers of ‘James Proclaims’, whoever and wherever you may be. If you’re tuning in on a Monday then you’re probably looking for my ‘hilarious’ regular feature ‘James Complains’. But it’s not here. Instead there’s this.

But what is ‘this’?

Well I’ve only gone and signed up for another of those blogging courses that WordPress runs from time to time. This one’s called Writing 101. It lasts for four weeks. During that time I’ll be filling these pages with posts inspired by assignments from afore-mentioned course.

They may not all be worth reading, but I’ll do my best.

Today’s assignment was to answer the question :

Why do you write?

I write because I enjoy it. That’s definitely the main reason.

I do have this outlandish notion that someone one day might pay me for being a writer. Perhaps that it might even make me wealthy. And I wouldn’t be against that at all.

But if it doesn’t happen I’ll probably still write.

I write because I enjoy the ego boost I get when someone tells me they’ve enjoyed what I’ve written. It’s nice when someone recognises you for being good at something that you want to be good at. I need that kind of validation from time to time – I have a fragile self-esteem.

I can’t play a musical instrument (at least not in tune), I’m not especially athletic, and aside from a few rudimentary cartoons, I’m not at all able when it comes to the visual arts.

But sometimes I write stuff that makes people laugh.

And that makes me happy in my own little way.

  12 comments for “Why I Write

  1. September 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I actually agree with every single word you said 🙂

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  2. mikiren
    September 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    welcome to writing 101, james! i definitely relate to your reasons for writing, as they’re basically mine too XD can’t wait to read more from you, as you definitely succeed in making people (or at least me) laugh 🙂

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  3. September 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Lol at the part about the ego boost! You’ve gone right out and said it, were I didn’t mention it. But it’s so very true!

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  4. September 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I signed up too!

    I feel like I am behind already after your post!

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  5. September 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

    My pathological insecurity is a huge motivating factor for my writing too. It was either this or trying to pimp YouTube videos of my cat.

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  6. September 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hey that’s real cool I think I speak for most people here and we enjoy your writing so keep on going.

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  7. September 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I can relate to all of your answers to that question. Which I am pretty sure is one of the reasons we are blogging friends 🙂 Keep writing! And I do hope you will share any nuggets of wisdom or information you get out of Writing 101. I’d love to take another WP class, but it’s not on the priority list right now. Which makes me sad. But I won’t let it get me down! 🙂

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Missing you in class but your blog doesn’t need the wisdom of ‘Writing 101’

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  8. Sadhna Shanker
    January 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Such an apt description of why one writes. I liked the look of your blog too. Great. Keep it up.

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    • January 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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