I write because I used to think I was a moth, until I discovered writing, and I understood I could become a butterfly.
I write because if I do not write I want to write, and if I write, I want to write more.
I write because a story that lives in your heart but is never written is like a love never confessed. It makes the sea cry, and weeping willows sigh, and shooting stars fall from the sky.
I write because I read, and I read because I write.
I write because Shakespeare wrote, and Guy de Maupassant wrote, and Chekhov wrote, and Garcia Marquez wrote too. Fine gentlemen all!
I write because if my writing makes a single person happy, I am happy.
I write because when I speak I say what I do not mean.
I write because when I am alone I hear voices, see visions, feel emotions. I am not mad; I am artistically possessed.
I write because I profoundly dislike my body with all its faults and limitations, and writing allows me to forget it. When I write I become oblivious to my physical existence.
I write because I have always wanted to be someone else. When I write I can become whoever I choose.
I write because I cannot draw, I cannot paint, I cannot sing, I cannot dance, I cannot compose music, I cannot do math, I cannot tie a tie.
I write because I live in a reality that often disappoints me. When I write I create another version of time, and of myself.
I write because writing helps me discover new things about me, things that I never knew I knew.
I write because I am shy, clumsy, awkward, imaginative, dreamy, melancholic, happy, sad, hard-working, lazy, a bit clever, exceedingly foolish, mindful, unmindful, emotional, introvert, quirky, ridiculous, interested in everything and in everyone and yet not a gossip, outstanding proper and commonplace yet apt to think myself special.
I write because I do not watch TV, or porn.
I write because writing is the most engaging activity in the world, after sex. But since writing can be done all through the day and in all places, and does not take two, it might beat even sex.
I write because I want to impress my lovers and my friends and everyone else.
I write because I do not want wealth or fame, but immortality.
(This is an abridged version of a post originally published on 2012/07/02)