The Writing Life: What’s Your Reason to Write?
by Joanne Troppello
As of 2018, there are approximately 45.2 thousand writers and authors currently working in the US. If you are one of the many bloggers, writers, freelance copywriters, and authors, what’s your reason to write?
Have You Asked Yourself Why You Write?
If you were interviewed by a reporter and he or she asks the question—why do you write? What would your answer be? Has anyone ever asked you that question?
If you haven’t yet dug down deep inside to find out your reasons for writing, maybe your best work is not pouring out onto the page yet. I recently saw this quote by English poet, novelist, and critic John Wain and it truly resonated with me.
“Being an author is not a profession it’s a condition.”
Doing My Own Self-Reflection
A few years ago, I asked myself that question. God was speaking to me while I was reading The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian. I had such a strong inclination that God wanted me to give up writing—my passion—and lay it down on the altar before Him.
When, or rather if, He greenlit it, I could start writing again. I know this sounds crazy. This is probably especially crazy for someone reading this who doesn’t believe in God. But it’s true and it happened to me.
I knew I would be crushed if God said I could never write again. However, my love for God is stronger than my passion for writing and I wanted to obey Him.
Nearly a year passed without writing. I just worked my day job. Spent time with the Lord. Lived life with my husband. And hoped that I would get the green light from God to start writing again. During that time, I dug deep into the Bible. I read the Word and prayed during my free time at work at lunch breaks and in the morning and evenings at home.
I will never understand truly why God asked me to give up writing for that period in my life. However, I grew tremendously in my spiritual life during that year. When I started writing again, my perspective had changed.
I had a new attitude toward why I was writing. I was no longer writing simply for myself because I loved to write. I started writing because I realized God gave me a gift to write and wanted me to tell stories that would glorify Him.
Seeking God’s View
Writing takes work. You need discipline. You must put in the effort to create high-quality work—and then market it correctly. However, I have now found that when my perspective is tuned into God’s view—and how He wants to speak through my words—all the tedious aspects fade into the distance. This leaves me with only the true joy of doing God’s will for my life.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was in high school, but that day during my lunch break when God asked me if I loved Him more than my passion for writing—everything changed. My passion for writing is so STRONG, I can’t express it enough. Being asked to give that up forever…I mean, really, I wasn’t so sure I could do it, but my love for God was stronger.
Finding the Beauty
The beauty of the entire situation was that just about one year later, God permitted me to take back my passion for writing. A new story was born, and I quickly got to work.
I’ve been happily working on my books ever since—truly knowing that I have God’s blessing to write. Whenever the doubt sets in that maybe I’m not good enough as a writer or should I be pursuing this career, I have this time in my life to fall back on. I can know beyond any shadow of doubt that God wants me to pursue writing books, working as a freelance copywriter, and publishing Mustard Seed Sentinel. That fact has been a great comfort to me in that last few years.
I will not limit myself and put God in a box. God’s ways are definitely not my ways. He knows what He is doing. He has a perfect plan for my life. No matter how things turn out, I will keep on writing books because that is my passion. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I want to do the best that I can with what I’ve been given and be a good steward of my talents.
God has a plan for your life, too. Just trust in His Divine Providence to be your guiding light!
Why I Write, My Writer’s Declaration
I write because I can even though there will always be critics of my work. I charge ahead brazenly, trying to freely express myself, my beliefs, and my dreams in what I write.
I write because it feels like I’m not breathing if I don’t write. It’s a part of who I am and the characters in my mind and their lives flow freely onto the page. I feel compelled to tell their stories.
I write because I feel that I have something important to say. Even if I didn’t think that anyone would ever read my work, I would still continue to write, for me.
I write because I have lived. I have experiences. I want to intertwine those pains and joys and emotional times into stories that can touch peoples’ lives—and let them know that someone else out there has felt the same way.
I write because I feel that God has given me a gift. I may not be the best writer in the world, but I want to become the best writer that I can be and glorify God in everything I write.
I write because it’s therapy when I’m going through something in my life and I can tell a story of someone who is struggling but goes through the journey. Then they come out the other side a better person. I hope that someday that will also be me.
I write because I love to read. Reading has always been a part of my life since I was a young child. I want to create my own stories that encompass the imagination I have.
I write because I want to leave a legacy. I hope that my work will, in some small way, make this world a better place and help readers see that God is the answer.
I write because there are some stories that just need to be told and I figure that somebody needs to tell them…
Why do you write? Do you have your own Writer’s Declaration or writing journey you’d like to share?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.