Why Do I Write?

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The simple answer is because I love doing so, despite all the trials and tribulations.

However, this wouldn’t be a very long blog post if I left you with a simple answer, so prepare for a long winded explanation as to why I love to write.

I love to write because I love stories, whether listening to them or telling them myself.

I’ve always been listening to stories, ever since I was a toddler. From teachers reading stories out loud to quieten a class of rowdy kids, to my uncle telling us stories to convince me, my brother and my cousin to go to sleep, to my mum telling us fantastical stories to pass time while stuck in traffic or while she ironed, each left me captivated and totally at ease. In fact, nearly all the time, they left me feeling sleepy. That was the aim with my uncle’s stories and some of my mum’s stories, but it certainly wasn’t the case in school. Still, there was something about stories I adored and I craved more. I constantly wanted to be told stories.

Perhaps it comes as no surprise to you that I found reading and devoured books because I was hungry for the next story. But it might surprise you to know that I struggled with reading initially. Although, once I got the hang of it, there was no stopping me. My reading habits, or lack thereof nowadays, can be saved for another blog post. But it wasn’t just reading. TV shows, films, theatre, games, and so on and so forth, have been equally as good as books in captivating me with their fascinating stories.

While indulging in stories still continues to captivate me, I also enjoy telling stories. Whether by anecdotal tales I tell, thanks in large part to my Irish heritage, or by writing it down for myself and for anyone I share it with, I enjoy writing down the stories I create in my head rather than letting them fester. They might linger in notebooks, never to be touched again, or they might form a larger piece, but I love crafting a character’s story and seeing where it’ll lead.

A large part of why I enjoy stories so much is escapism. Who wants to live in reality when you can fantasise riding a dragon and using magic? The more stories I indulge in, the more expansive my fantasies become, and the more I struggle to enjoy reality. Not that I dislike reality, because sometimes reality is equally as good. But sometimes you can’t help but prefer the fantasies. It’s a preference I’ve always had.

Furthermore, I’ve always been intrigued by other people and their stories. Everyone has a story and I’m always desperate to learn more. I want to know what makes them them. What are their fears? What are their dreams? What makes them smile? What makes them sad? Sometimes, the interactions are brief but they leave a lasting impact. Sometimes, the interactions are long but I wish they hadn’t been. It depends on the person and the life they’ve lived.

Being able to put yourself in another’s footsteps is a vital step for any writer. Interacting with and observing other people helps massively with this because it’s all well to get new perspectives from different mediums, but talking to people in reality is a rich, never ending source of stories. I’ll always give a person a chance, within reason, because I enjoy seeing how their life differs to mine. Sometimes then it’s a good source for inspiration.

But most importantly, the reason I write is because I need to. I get this itch and I’m desperate to pick up a pen and jot it down on paper, or allow my fingers to fly across the keyboard and create something on a blank Word document. I always write down my feelings and it’s so therapeutic to get them out. Or it’s nice to escape my own reality and craft a story of a different reality.

Long blog post short, I write because I love stories, I’m fascinated by people and their stories, and I have this itch to write. I’m a creative person by nature, so writing it down is pivotal to my general existence.

Why do you write, if you do?

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Introduction

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Hello.

I’m Laura Broadberry.

I started this blog a few years back with no real purpose other than I wanted to give it a go. However, when I started my creative writing course at university, I focused this blog on reading and writing. Because of this, I struggled to justify other posts on here and decided to create a separate blog for any reviews I wanted to do, minus reading. But as I struggled to keep my blog going, it fell into disarray and changed from a purely reading and writing blog to include travels and lately a cappella, with a few other random posts interspersed in. I did a few fresh starts, but I couldn’t ever keep it going consistently again.

After much thought, I’ve decided to redo my blog completely.

My blog will still focus on writing, since I had the realisation that I have been writing for ten years now, so why not pass on my writing tips? Granted, they’ll probably be the same as every other writing tip out there, but you never know. I might have some writing gems to pass on. Additionally, since my blog is my name and not a specific URL aimed at writing, I want to share more posts about my interests, so expect to see some photography posts, as well as the continuation of my travel posts. I enjoy travelling and writing about my experience is as pivotal to my travels as exploring and appreciating new places and their way of living.

However, I have made the decision to move my reading posts over to my review blog because, I’ll be honest, I’m struggling to convince myself to read, which isn’t something any writer should ever say. I can’t convince myself to sit down and read, which is a real shame since books are such rich and vibrant stories. I have also decided not to write about a cappella anymore since that already dominates my social media presence and I don’t see the point in extending that to my blog.

Additionally, for now my interests are as stated. However, as everyone does, I will inevitably change, and those interests will too. I’ll add or remove interests as and when it’s right to do so.

For now, I will do a weekly blog post. I’m a busy person this year, but I vow to make time for a blog post per week. It’ll give me an excuse to write every week and focus on topics I actually know about. As much as I adore a cappella, it’s apparent I don’t know enough about it, whereas I have learnt and taught myself a lot about writing over ten years so why not pass it on?

I can’t wait to start blogging properly again!