Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What we want

I have a couple of questions for you. I was tossing around ideas for this week's haiku theme, reaction. It made me think about why we write. Why the internet and blogging was created. Not only to inform, but to get a reaction - whether praise, profit, or pokes! We are social beings and need feedback. The better the reaction, the better we feel.

So here are my two questions...Besides publication,
Why do you write?
What do you get from writing?

Two different questions. You don't always get out what you put in, right? I write to express and entertain and help. It's what I do. I get satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment that I did it! Reactions are bonus! I live for LOLs! ha ha, just kidding.

And here is my contribution for Sensational Haiku Wednesday on reaction

I ask and you give
You need help and I am there
Friends who can depend

I told a joke, got
no reaction, not funny 
if needs explaining

Pressure builds and fills
not one more problem or I'll...
KABLOOIE! Too late.


Tonja said...

For me it's a sense of purpose that I don't get from other things in my life. I could probably get the same thing from some other art form, but this is the only art form I'm good at.

M.J. Fifield said...

As always, I love your haiku.

And as for why I write, I write because I am driven to do it and I will continue to do it even if I never manage to publish a book in my entire lifetime.

Unknown said...

I write because I love disappear into a world of my creation. And I write to make a difference.

I'm always telling my 10 yo, if you have to explain your joke, it isn't funny. He still hasn't grasped that concept. Sad thing is even when we do laugh, he still feels the need to explain it. :P

Kyra Lennon said...

I write because I love it! I'm sure you were probably looking for a deeper answer here lol, but really when it comes down to it, I just love it! :D

mshatch said...

I write because I have all these stories that keep popping into my head and I need to get rid of them!

As for what I get, well that depends whether I'm writing a story or writing for my blog. Blogging gives me a more immediate reaction, a happy feeling that people are reading my words and for whatever reason like them.

Anonymous said...

I write because I love to create a world and get inside it. Even as a little girl, I would always tell myself stories. I still do as an adult. Now I get them out on paper (which is much harder!). What do I get out of it? Freedom to pursue what I love. Fun Haiku.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I write because I feel like it's what I'm meant to do - whether it's novels or stories or blog posts or whatever other form of writing the future might hold. :)

I've had to explain more than one joke in my time. I'm a better audience than comedienne. :)

Dana said...

I write because I love words. I love how they sound and how they look and how they can be put together to create something wonderful. :)

I adore that last Haiku!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I don't know why I write. I think it could qualify as a disorder.

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed the haiku. Why do I write? Well, I've been doing it for over 25 years and can't stop. I guess if you have ideas you have to express them. What do I get from it? A buzz.

Jazzbumpa said...

Why do I write?

Because I must. Seriously.

What do I get from writing?

Besides writers cramp? It is intrinsically satisfying. I gave up long ago on getting any print publication, so it is never for that purpose. Besides my own blogs, I have two other much more widely read blogs where I've been invited to participate. So I reach a much wider audience, and get a much wider range of reactions.

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Sheena-kay Graham said...

I LOVE to write. It's part of my being. Your pressure haiku was my favourite.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I write because it's a part of me. I love to daydream, and writing helps me daydream on paper and hold onto the daydreams a little longer.
I write to communicate, to encourage, and to think things through. I write because even on the days when it's going badly I still prefer to write than do most anything else.

Suzanne Furness said...

I LOVE to write to escape the real world sometimes and to have something that is for me. It gives me a sense of achievement to finish something and think 'You know I did that,' no one can take away that feeling. When I'm having a bad day I can usually cheer myself up by thinking about my writerly life.

Good questions Tara :)

joanne said...

I feel a connection with folks near and far, those who are like-minded and some not so much - that's one purpose of all this blogging....I have learned much about cultures, poetry, ideas....Up to this point, I still enjoy reading and writing haiku particularly, altho I would never consider myself a poet - just a writer of poems....and sincere comments and criticisms fuel my drive to do better....That sums it up, I guess..

VikLit said...

Good questions but goodness me, not ones I am sure I can do justice to here. I write because I must, because I love it and I get out of it that feeling of happiness and satisfaction from doing something you love, I guess, is the easiest way of saying it. I love losing myself in it.

Christine Rains said...

I write because I have to get all those stories out of my head. If I had the time and energy, I'd be writing almost my entire day. I love losing myself to amazing characters and other worlds. I get great joy from it and a sense of wholeness.

Unknown said...

Love the friend / depend haiku! I write because I enjoy creating a good story. I love accomplishing a wip, it satisfies my soul.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good jokes need no explaining.
I write to read stories I don't see elsewhere and it gives me a creative outlet.
It also gave me a lot of blogger buddies!

Emily R. King said...

I used to write because I wanted to be published, now I write because I love telling stories. It's that simple. :)

Morgan said...

Great question!

Man, I write because I don't know who I am without a creative release... it makes me happy, gives me purpose, and I have to have magic in my life. It's all about finding those "magic" moments, and with writing, you can make them instead of waiting for them.


Livia Peterson said...

Great questions!

I write because I love and enjoy doing it! Also, I love being surrounded by so many incredible writers in this writing community.

I don't know what I get out of writing. I think I get happiness out of it!

If you enjoy writing, it makes a difference. Writing isn't a chore for me! :)

Samantha May said...

Wow! These are great!

I write because I love creating characters and worlds. I think what I get out of it is a sense of pride.

Elise Fallson said...

I do it for the high. Let me explain. It doesn't happen often, but once in a while I'll write something, a phrase, sentence or even a short scene and the words just come together perfectly. It's a great feeling, makes me tingle. Writing is also my therapy. (:

M Pax said...

I don't know what I'd do with my time otherwise if I didn't write. It keeps me sane. The act of creating is something I 'have' to do. And I'm not a very good artist.

Brinda said...

I love thinking someone might enjoy reading my work as much I enjoy reading others.

Rachael said...

I hate when a joke needs to be explained! Definitely not funny!

I write simply because I enjoy it.

Lisa Regan said...

I write to make sense of things and what I get out of it is escape, catharsis, control. If I can't write I feel like I'm not getting enough air.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. I don't write as such .. but I blog - and that was to interact, start I know not what ... but it's been cathartic and eye opening for me: I've learnt so much, and realised that I can write .. something I never thought I had a talent for ..

But - I love having comments!! Especially when they interact and that friendship becomes 'personal' even though we've never met ..

Cheers - it's a great medium as long as it's not abused in any way .. Hilary

Tara Tyler said...

your answers are beautiful and passionate! so glad i asked!
thank you!!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I write because I feel lost without it. And I get a thrill every time someone reads my work. It took ages to write that answer, because I'm really not sure about either of them fully explain why I write. It's almost like asking someone: why do you breathe? :-)

Carrie-Anne said...

I write because it's just what I've always done, literally as long as I knew how to write. I feel it's a talent and gift I have on loan from the Divine, and it's my responsibility to use what I was given and to share it with others.

I get the satisfaction of building complex worlds, storylines, and characters. I've been with a lot of my characters so long that I've literally grown up with them, and they've come to feel like dear friends over the years. I also love the sense of accomplishment of completing a sweeping saga with so many characters and storylines that are all ultimately tied together.

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