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 The Reason Why?

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Why exactly do you write?
Creation
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Expression
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Escape
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Fun
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PostSubject: The Reason Why?   August 12th 2008, 3:45 am

So the obviously question has to be asked... Answer it!

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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   August 12th 2008, 3:24 pm

Honestly, it's a little of all five, but mostly the first two, creation and expression.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   August 12th 2008, 5:42 pm

I write to express my mind. I have all these things running through my head and when I finally make some sense of them I want to express it in writing.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   August 13th 2008, 10:10 pm

Since we can't vote for all five, I have cheated.

*Creation=because I have a million characters and ideas that simultaneously fight to pour out and I must get them out.

*Expression=because, let's face it, I am one opinionated person. I love having the gift of writing to export the intense explosions of expression bound up in me.

*Escape=because there are times when we need to let our mind escape from frustrations, stress, and other situations in our lives.

*Fun=because writing should be fun. A writer should write to entertain herself.

*Profit=because of course, the truth of the whole matter is: I am not writing in order to hide the things away in a desk drawer! I want to be published.

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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   August 25th 2008, 5:20 pm

I just can't vote for one


I vote for Creation - I'm creative and writing is one form of being creative

I also vote for Expression - it's one way of being creative


I half vote for Escape - I don't do it in order to escape but I must admit that when I write, I'm in the story, so in a way I do travel.

I vote for Fun - Yes, I have fun

I should vote for Profit - hahaah I wish my writing gave me profits
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PostSubject: Reasons why I write   August 27th 2008, 11:40 am

I would say all the first four reasons apply, though lately I have been writing more as a way of expression rather than escape......but all in all...there is the fun feeling I get whenever I get to read some of my work too. So I definitely cheated when I voted for one!
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 9th 2008, 5:10 pm

Usually when I write I have to. There is no other choice for me because if I don't I find myself searching for something to complete me.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 25th 2008, 10:17 pm

Oy. Yeah, I would have circled the first four definitely. But creation is my most prominent reason. Next to that comes expression, then fun (a result of the first two). I use my writing to escape at times, but I don't have to escape often. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 25th 2008, 10:35 pm

Because I am the only one even remotely able to define myself....

I don't fit into your parameters Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 26th 2008, 12:08 am

I write mostly for a hobby so I voted for fun, but I always write to be creative and when I write poems I am writing to express and I probably do it for the other two but I can't remember what they were.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 26th 2008, 9:32 pm

I am a greedy heartless bugger so I voted for Money.

Well that is not true. I voted for money because I did not think anyone else would have voted for that and I was right.

I used to write because I had a story I had to write. I have not written in a few months.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 27th 2008, 3:05 pm

I only write for three reasons.
Creation, expression, and escape.
I love to create that is all I do in my mind and because I create I want to express my creation. I want to express every mood, feeling, and emotion in my body. And I do it to escape reality. Because reality I find is bland and doesn't have anything going for it. That is why I create because I want to see things never before seen in the world. I create to escape reality and add to reality and I express that creation.
Did that make any sense? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 27th 2008, 4:38 pm

Yes it did. And I think you put that wonderfully!
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 28th 2008, 3:52 am

Leaka wrote:
I only write for three reasons.
Creation, expression, and escape.
I love to create that is all I do in my mind and because I create I want to express my creation. I want to express every mood, feeling, and emotion in my body. And I do it to escape reality. Because reality I find is bland and doesn't have anything going for it. That is why I create because I want to see things never before seen in the world. I create to escape reality and add to reality and I express that creation.
Did that make any sense? Neutral

I am totally behind Leaka on this one. Exactly what i would have said but with more structure and coherence What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 28th 2008, 2:48 pm

soujiroseta wrote:


I am totally behind Leaka on this one. Exactly what i would have said but with more structure and coherence What a Face
That's slightly rude, if you think about.
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PostSubject: Re: The Reason Why?   September 28th 2008, 3:34 pm

I went for escape. Mainly cause it is... and I think I'm long overdue for some escape!!! Sometimes I just write bits and pieces, hopefully I will be able to get away and get back into writing again
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