There is no “Y” in writing you might say. It’s spelled W-R-I-T-I-N-G.
But the “Y” in the alphabet is not what I’m really talking about. I’m really talking about the “why,” W-H-Y, in writing.
The reason that I’m bringing it up is because I think it might be part of what makes me a writer.
My husband and I were talking about a recent news event. He heard the news and was completely satisfied with the news reporter’s summary of the events. For me, however, the news report wasn’t enough.
I had all kinds of questions about the event. Questions like:
- WHY did it happen?
- WHY did the people involved react the way that they did?
- WHY doesn’t someone do something about it?
Unlike my husband, I wasn’t really going to be satisfied with the news report until all of these questions were answered.
I’ve been this way ever since I can remember. I was blessed to have parents who looked at my many questions as a sign of intelligence and not as a nuisance.
I think my constant questions and need to understand might actually be part of why I am a writer. My husband, who lacks the “WHY” characteristic, has specialized knowledge in many areas. I’ve often encouraged him to blog about those areas, but he has absolutely no interest in writing. I think his lack of interest is due to the missing “WHY” factor.
I know that I’ve discussed what makes a writer on this blog before, but I’m curious about the “WHY” factor.
Since a lot of my readers are also writers, let me ask you about it. Do you have the “WHY” factor and if so, does it help or drive your writing? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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