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 math...you 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.