I write because I have too many ideas and I have to get rid of them. I write because I have never heard anyone else say the exact mix of things that I want to say. I write because it makes me feel good. I write because I want to make my ideas and feelings and dreams real. I write because it is comfortable. I write because writing makes me feel that I am making progress.

I write because I want to leave something behind.

I write because I know there are people who feel alone with the same scary things I have experienced and they need to know they are understood. I write because I want to show off my brilliance. I write because it is fun. I write because I want people to know who I am.

I write because I want to stay sane.

I write because this world is my life. I write because it works for me. I write because I love the feeling I get when it works. I write because writing is the best thing I have ever done with my time. I write because I admire writers. I write because I love writers. I write because it is an outstanding outlet for my insanity.

I write to meet others who are like me.

I write because I am and have always been a reader. I write because I care about words and meaning. I write because being a writer gives me an identity separate from Mommy. I write because Grandfather was a writer.I write because Mom who wrote said, “just write,” before she died. I write for Vivi who knew I could do it. I write because I can.I write because it gives my life a greater sense of purpose.

I write because I don’t know of anything better to do with pen and paper.


BIO:  Sarah Martinez is the author of Sex and Death in the American Novel, coming in September 2012 from Booktrope. Her essays on the creative life, plus album and book reviews, appear regularly in Line Zero, a quarterly literary and arts journal. She serves as Senior Editor for Pink Fish Press and is a member of the Northwest Independent Editor’s Guild. She began her career in editing as Editorial Assistant for the literary agent Andrea Hurst. For more information about Sarah or her work, please visit her website at www.mywildskies.com.

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