Why Write?

Student blogger: Amanda Reimer

The first time I told my father I wanted to be a writer, he said, “Why am I paying $40k a year for you to study writing?  What kind of career can that get you?”

This response is not uncommon.  For many writers, the choice to declare a writing major proves difficult because others tell us that writing is not a worthwhile path.  While it may be true that writing does not offer the greatest monetary gain, it would be absurd to declare writing worthless.  Writing offers pleasure to both readers and writers alike.

There is something inherently beautiful about placing words upon paper.  Place them one way and you can bring a smile to the faces of readers, place them another way and bring tears to their eyes.  The relationship between reader and writer is perhaps the most fascinating exchange, as it allows information to travel in both aesthetically and euphoniously pleasing manners.  Plus, there is a deeply humanistic sense of fulfillment in sharing knowledge with others that only writing can quench.

As Truman Capote put it, “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” So, to those who struggle with whether to become writers, I say write not because you want a career, write for the love of words and the beauty of sharing knowledge.  To those who became writers, keep playing your music.

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