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I Write Because I Have to, Not Because I Want to

The only time I’m not writing or letting a story take shape in my head is when I’m sick. Other than that, I’m always writing, even when I’m doing other things.

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I love watching movies and TV shows, reading books, and spending time with people. There are many days I would much rather do these things than write even a paragraph.

If I’m being honest, when I think of relaxing activities that give me a sense of peace, freedom, and overwhelming joy, writing is not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, it really doesn’t come to mind at all.

Don’t get me wrong: Writing makes me happy and I’m privileged enough to get to do it every day (and extremely grateful for it).

When I say I “have” to write and don’t “want” to write, I don’t mean I hate writing and have to force myself to do it. I mean I am not sure that I could survive if I could not depend on writing to propel me forward.

For many people, writing is an essential part…

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