Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Why Do You Write?

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:
What's your numero-uno reason for writing?
I write because that's the way that I communicate the best.
I write to problem solve. I always have. I am a slow processor. I was never tested for dyslexia, mainly because I was certified gifted, so I guess it never occurred to anyone that I might have issues with my processing. She's smart, she's gifted, so she must not have any issues. But I do. Major issues, actually. I don't know my right from my left. I'm terrible with directions and other spatial things like that. I can't do the simplest should see me at the Blackjack table. I need the husband or the dealer to tell me what my two cards add up to. It takes me longer than most people to recall simple facts and I can think of the perfect comeback to your insult...just give me about fifteen minutes.
My brain just works really, really slowly for most things.*
This is why I need writing. I'm able to get my thoughts out at my own speed. I'm able to go back to what I wrote, the first thing that poured out of my head, and make sure it's right. I can tweak it and fix it and correct it until it says exactly what I want to say.
It's how I figure things out.
When I'm frustrated with the husband or a friend, I don't talk to them directly until I have written them a letter. I'm not going to give them a letter, but I need to sort out my feelings in writing before I can express them verbally. When I have to do any sort of business I send an email instead of making a phone call, because with email I can make sure I address all of the important points and don't forget anything.
When I was a kid, I had pen pals and wrote letters.
When I was in my early 20s, I blogged.
I email, I'm on message boards. I communicate through writing.
My need to write to communicate has led me to try to write to tell a story.
I didn't set out to be a Writer. That's just how I communicate. It's how my brain works.
*Weirdly enough, I am a ridiculously fast reader.


  1. I agree with you! It's funny, I'm better at WRITING than I am at speaking. It's the best way I communicate with people!

  2. I'm better at expressing myself through the written word. I also love putting down the stories rolling around in my head. Great post.

  3. I also have pen pals. ;) I don't write letters anymore, though.

  4. I'm a lifelong letter-writer, too. Writing is simply my default communication mode. And I am way, way better at writing than speaking!

  5. Can I say, me too! I would sooner email than call someone. I'm much more comfortable writing. I can do the public speaking thing when I have to, but I'm not very good thinking-and-speaking on my feet. I, too, like to be able to think about what I'm going to say, how I'll phrase it, choose all the correct words, make sure it's grammatically correct, and that I've said everything I needed to say. The written word is awesome for that.

    Have you had your reading speed quantified? I presume you have very good retention too? It certainly seems as if your brain is compensating in a, frankly, enviable way. I would trade math ability to be a faster reader in a heartbeat! But I always hated math. :)

  6. I never set out with the goal of writing professionally either, but like you, it's how I communicate best. Maybe because I'm an introverted emotion-bottler? Glad we've found a fun and fulfilling way to tunnel our writerly energies!

  7. I totally understand. I think the path from my brain to my fingers is much shorter than the one to my mouth. Things flow the way I want them to when I'm writing, instead of coming out in stutters with awkward pauses in-between. Another reason I love the internet! So much easier to communicate with people this way. :)

  8. I can think of the perfect comeback to your insult...just give me about fifteen minutes

    That is so me. :)

    As I read your post, I realize I do the same thing. I write down my thoughts before I express them. I have way better comebacks in my stories than in real life. And I don't know my right from my left either.

    Great post! And a well-written response to the roadtrip!

  9. I'm loving this series - this answer is really unique.

    And you know I gotta respect a white girl who's totally aware of her aZn fetish. At last you call it like it is! :) (Can't stand the white guys who prey on our women and then go, "I don't have a fetish.")

  10. Great answer! I completely understand this. I am the same way. Lately I've been pushing myself communicate better on the phone and step up during face to face conversations. But I really do have to push myself. It's hard! I always feel I can express myself best on paper :)

  11. I write for escapism, pure and simple, and I make no apologies for this. :-)

  12. I'm the same way. I always prefer to write things down. Writing is my preferred method of communication in most cases. Plus, I love telling stories. :)

  13. I really, REALLY liked your answer to this question. When I read that you write letters to people you're frustrated with, this whole thing hit home. I absolutely do that. I don't show it to them either, but I type up a letter and usually, by the 3rd or 4th paragraph, I've gotten past the anger and am now addressing why I'm actually upset.