The other day, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across the hashtag 'Why I Write'. Of course, I spiraled down the black hole of social media and read amazing accounts from authors explaining why they pluck away at their keyboards day after day. And, if I'm being honest, many of them made me feel...less. Like I'd somehow fallen short as an author.
Why, you ask? Well, most of the tweets were inspiring. Authors writing to give others a voice. Others were writing to inspire change. And a few were motivated politically--taking a stand for injustices in the world. After reading through all of these, I realized I didn't fall into any of these exceptional categories.
My motivation for writing is really simple--and somewhat less admirable. In fact, I'd go so far as to say my reason for writing is downright selfish. I write because it's fun, and it brings me joy. I write because it helps me escape from my pretty cool life and live an even more extraordinary one. I write because I like to have adventures I wouldn't otherwise be able to have.
Really, my reasons for writing are the very same reasons I read. I like to live in alternate worlds where things that aren't possible become possible. I read and write to escape. To live out the 'what ifs' that pop into my head.
So after reading all these exceptional reasons by other authors, I had to take a moment, and ask myself:
Does the motivation behind the writing really matter?
Do my reasons for writing make my work any less important than someone whose writing is motivated because of a perceived greater cause?
Are some causes for writing greater than others?
Because while I write for my own personal joy, my goal, in the end, is to provide someone else with a few moments of escape. A few moments to experience a little love. Or a few moments to explore emotions and situations they wouldn't normally have the ability to. And in the end, I hope they come away from it...happy.
So while I don't write about politics, or injustices, or to raise awareness, I do write to spread happiness. And if I can do that for just one person, I think that's a pretty good reason after all.
I leave you with this: A quote from Harry Potter, because there is always a reason to quote Harry Potter.