Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I Don't HAVE to Write

Okay - I have an admission to make. I don't HAVE to write. Most writers say they HAVE to write. I like to write and I do it well so it's a wonderful creative outlet and activity for me, but it's not something I'm driven to do. And yet, I do it alot. So maybe I just don't understand the whole HAVE to write thing.
I'm way more compulsive about reading than writing. But maybe that's because it's easier - well, for me.
Often I've thought that maybe I'm not a REAL writer because I don't HAVE to write. But maybe that's why I've studied it so much and sought to learn about it. So maybe it's a good thing.
I know I'm ready to get back to the writing world when the wedding is behind me. I do love the activity of writing - love the characters and finding just the right word and seeing a scene fall into place. I love diving into that world and leaving this one behind. (The re-entry is a blast.) I love creating imaginary places and events and being in control of the weather. But I still don't feel I HAVE to write.
Reminds me of seeing a gifted athlete who doesn't love the game and then an average athlete that loves playing. We all know who's the easier to coach and work with - and who lasts the longest. So, guess I've made my admission and that's that.
I don't HAVE to write - but I sure do love to.


Renee said...

Loved this, Kay. It's like a sacred cow to be a writer and "have to write." I don't have to either. Thanks for tipping that cow for us. :)

Kay Dew Shostak said...

So glad to have company on this! Thanks for letting me know, Renee.
And tipping cows is another thing I love to do!