Unlike other writers, I didn’t have a passion to write at a young age. I wanted to play right wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I didn’t write my first novel at 12. I was 62 when I published THE ROAD AHEAD. In fact, I wasn’t a very good writer when I was younger, though I was a dedicated reader. But as you evolve as a person, things obviously change.
I don’t dream about a hockey career anymore. My current passion is to travel and author books. I know there are probably millions of books written each year and every story has been told many times. But I still want to write. It’s not that I’m bored and looking for something to do. This is just the next career path I’ve chosen.
What is my motivation? A good question. It’s not fame or fortune. That’s as likely to happen as playing for the Maple Leafs. I decided to write down a list of reasons for why I write.
- I have fun stories in my head that I want to tell and characters who people will enjoy getting to know.
- It’s a great way to explore the world around me. Writing is like a journey in which you don’t quite know when and how it will end.
- It’s the right career path or me at this time of my life. I don’t want to retire.
- Writing is a career that you are totally in control. It is entirely in my own hands.
- I feel as though I’m contributing to the world in a positive way.
- I wish to add to my legacy in a way that is much different than what I’ve accomplished in the past.
- Writing is very challenging and I love to be challenged.
- I’m learning new things every day.
- It expands my mind in a way that other activities could not possible match.
- Writing has opened the door to meeting some very interesting and creative people. I’ve established new relationships and friendships.
- Writers are a cool bunch of people to hang out with.
- Unlike many other activities or professions, writing is open to any age, gender, race, or culture.
- I love the feedback you get from readers – good and bad.
- Writing humor provides reader with an opportunity to escape reality and laugh a little.
- There’s so much satisfaction from writing a great line.
- I can’t draw, paint or sing.
- I write because I’m inspired and I want to inspire.
- Writing provides me with the opportunity to comment on the human experience in a unique way.
- Words are powerful. I enjoy this type of power.
- I admire other writers. I want to be like them.
- Writing gives me an excuse to drink more coffee.
- I can write anywhere, any time.
- I love the reaction when I tell people I write.
- Writing can be cathartic and empowering.
- I can’t believe I got to 25!
If you are a writer, feel free to add to this list in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.