Writing is an old profession. We wouldn’t have history if there weren’t writers that have painstakingly put the effort of documenting what has happened in their time for people in the future to read (and maybe, hopefully, learn something from). But why do people write?

It’s someone’s bread and butter

As with other professions, people do it for a living. They write to be able to feed themselves or their family. For some, writing can be a lucrative business. Some people are really talented (or lucky enough) to write wonderful masterpieces that could take the world by storm. But for a lot, writing isn’t as profitable (or even fulfilling).

They write in order to provide information

Nowadays, a lot of information on the Internet are free. Some people write those information not for money. They strongly believe that spreading knowledge could save lives—information as simple as instructions for tying your shoelaces or as complicated as treatment for a health issue.

People write for themselves

For some, finding a friend to talk to (or even a stranger to confide things in) could be challenging. A pen and a paper (or the gadget one could type words in) can actually fulfill the role of a listener. Some people find it therapeutic to put into paper their thoughts and their feelings. They may choose to publish or not, but the goal is to let the emotional baggage out of their system to be able to breathe a little easier.

Some have stories to tell

Some people are witnesses to great stories that happen to them or around them. And they want to share to others what they felt when those stories were unravelling before them. Perhaps those stories changed them or they learned something from them or they got a kick out of those stories that they believe others would too.

There are a thousand and more other reasons why people write. The only way to start is to pick the pen up and let it start bleeding on a piece of paper.

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