Why do I write?

Wow, this is a difficult question to answer, and really has me scratching my head? I have to sit back to consider exactly WHY. I can’t say that I have ever really given a moments thought to the question, as my thought process has always been “WHAT shall I write” and NEVER “Why do I write?”, but I will be giving it some serious thought over the coming weeks and in line with the assignment, here are my initial and off the cuff thoughts on the question.

I have always been a hands on technical guy and been really bad at keeping my own notes, always relying heavily on my memory to carry me through, which in all fairness it has done very admirably.

As a Technical Consultant I have always found the report writing and technical documentation to be the most tedious part of my job, not because I can’t do it, but because I have always had difficulty in putting my thought processes into the written word. Now that age is getting the better of me, and the grey matter is certainly not as flexible as it used to be, I am having to rely on written notes much more than I ever had to in the past. Evernote and Dropbox have pretty much become my goto sources of information, as this is where I now try to store everything that I might need to reference in the future, whether that be in relation to my work or personal life.

Using a computer, ALL day, EVERY day, has made me realise how very little I actually do write (by hand, I mean). I use some form of computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, for pretty much all of my writing and note taking, so perhaps the question in my case should be “Why do I type”?

When I first started my Website, my plan was to use it to share technical information, in the hope that something that I had researched and laboured over could be shared and prove useful to my collegues and peers.

So in a nutshell, here are the main reasons for WHY I write?

  • Because I want to get better at it
  • To share information.
  • To help ME to remember important things in my life.
  • To promote discussion on subjects that interest me.
  • To improve my own knowledge.

Now that I have written my reasons down, I am really looking forward to reading, WHY other people write, because I am sure that there will be a lot of better answers out there to this question and it will be interesting to learn about what motivates other people to write, because all said and done, I do find writing difficult, and I am hoping that by writing more it will get easier and I will start to really enjoy it?