A bit late for Kevin’s call for responses for Why I Write. Mine is pretty close to what my friend Karen wrote in the Google Slide Deck Kevin offered:

I write because it makes me happy and I cannot not write.

It’s that second part that I latch on to — I cannot not write. Writing here in this blog is not about writing for an audience or number of readers, its my way of rethinking ideas. If I can explain it to myself in words, then maybe I can understand it better.

And there are times when I cannot stop until I have gotten the swirl of thoughts in my head down as a post. I rarely leave stuff in drafts. I often click publish before it is 100% proofread. But mostly, it bothers me if I do not get an idea down here.

It’s not like this all the time, but its often. It’s when I am still writing it at 2:30am. Or why I wake up in the morning with an idea and have to write it before I remember to eat.

That’s why I write, because it feels wrong to not write. No that is just a wek word play, it is that phrase Karen used– I cannot not write.

Etch that on my soul.

I’ve used it before, but the words of The Who’s Guitar and Pen get at it better than I have tried to write here, especially “Then you know in some strange, unexplainable way, you must really have something jumping, thumping, fighting, hiding away Important to say”

You’re alone above the street somewhere
Wondering how you’ll ever count out there

You can walk, you can talk, you can fight
But inside you’ve got something to write
In your hand you hold your only friend
Never spend your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen

When you take up a pencil and sharpen it up
When you’re kicking the fence and still nothing will budge
When the words are immobile until you sit down
Never feel they’re worth keeping, they’re not easily found
Then you know in some strange, unexplainable way
You must really have something
Jumping, thumping, fighting, hiding away
Important to say

When you sing through the verse and you end in a scream
And you swear and you curse ’cause the rhyming ain’t clean
But it suddenly comes after years of delay
You pick up your guitar, you can suddenly play
When your fingers are bleeding and the knuckles are white
Then you can be sure, you can open the door
Get off of the floor tonight
You have something to write

When you want to complain, there’s no one can stop you
But when your music proclaims, there’s no one can top you
You are wearing you heart on your jumping feet
You’ve got a head start away from the street

But is that what you want, to be rich and be gone?
Could be there’s just one thing left in the end
Your guitar and your pen

When you sing to your mum, and you hum and you croon
And she says that she’d like it “with more of a tune”
And you smash your guitar at the end of the bed
Then you stick it together and start writing again
And you know that it won’t be too long ’til your back
To bring her some money, she’s calling you “honey”
Stashed in a bloody great sack
In your Cadillac

You’re alone
You’re alone

You’re alone above the street somewhere
Wondering how you’ll ever count out there

You can walk, you can talk, you can fight
But inside you’ve got something to write
In your hand you hold your only friend
Never spend your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen

Never spend your guitar or your pen


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The post "#WhyIWrite It Feels Wrong to Not Write" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2015/10/whyiwrite/) on October 28, 2015.

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