The Why and How of It
Writers write out of what is sometimes referred to as a felt need, an academic term used in the analysis of why a writer, or any artist, is drawn to create.
Simply put, it means that we feel a need to communicate.
We have an idea we want to share - a story that needs telling.
Some reach out with impassioned prose. Some lace their work with clever humor to sway the world to their viewpoint. The best can make a stone weep with their verses, while others add melody to their lyrics and stir the heart with song...but all who create put words, or sounds, or colors, or images together to express that need.
It may be a particular subject that piques our interest; a desire to pass on knowledge; to explain, inform, or set the record straight. It may be a call to action or the internal urging to share some deeper, personal pain or joy. But whatever place inside us that need comes from, it is manifest the same way in all writers. We write.