Thursday, April 26, 2012

The reason we write.


Yesterday, I was visiting the blogs of some old friends, and I came across a post in which one friend was explaining why she needed some time away from blogging. From writing.

As I was responding to her, telling her that we all need a break sometimes, I reminded myself that life is the reason we write -- not the other way around.

Why do you write? Does living inspire you to write, or does writing inspire you to live?

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11 comments:

  1. That was a brainstorming question. I think living inspires me to write. Which reminds and inspires me to write and update my blog. Sometimes I also find it to put my thoughts into words.

    "Hello from the Mingle"

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    1. Hi Sey! I couldn't agree more, that life is what inspires my words. It's a bit of a double-edged sword, though, because life can also get in the way of writing.

      Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to visit your blog now. :)

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    2. I'm so happy to see Sey stopped by from the Mingle. Thank you Sey and Amy for participating at my blog last week. I'm doing this again tomorrow.

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    3. I'll have to remember to stop by again tomorrow. Thanks so much for visiting, Tina, and for sponsoring such a fun blogger networking game. :)

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  2. I totally agree, living provides such great inspiration!

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    1. And I think that's a balance that writers/bloggers need to remember, especially if you start feeling guilty about neglecting your blog. We shouldn't feel guilty for letting the living come before the writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Like you- I also love words. I initially started blogging to have a place where moms can come to feel like they are not alone to get some helpful tips that helped me at one time or another...now I'm realizing I'm trying to figure it all out.

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    1. Hi Tara! Thanks so much for visiting. Putting your thoughts into words, whether it's through a blog or any other outlet, can really help to put things into perspective.

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  4. I appreciated your comment on that post. You were absolutely right about returning with new determination and it's good to know there are others out there who have done the same.

    Your question is a fantastic one. I think I originally started my blog as a way to help me live a better life. But now, I believe that it is a mixture of both (living inspires me to write, and writing inspires me to live).

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    1. You make a good point. I have a friend who recently started a blog as an accountability thing -- i.e., she is making certain changes in her life because she knows she's accountable to her blog. While ultimately, the changes are for herself, that's an example of a blog helping to dictate life.

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  5. I am far from being called a writer but I started blogging because I wanted to share things about what I was experiencing in life, love, etc. My blog was started back in '09 to share some of my wedding plans but then when I got married I wanted to make it more about my life. So in short, my living inspires my writing.

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