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Why do you write ?

I was on a trip down to DC over the last weekend to visit my mom and on the bus down I got asked a question that I should know the answer to. Why do I write ?

Now, I have had to answer that question multiple times on job interviews but there are boiler plate answers that one gives on interviews that somehow are not quite satisfying when you are answering yourself. George Orwell’s article on why he wrote being an excellent source of excepts on the right hing to say when asked why you write.

My dilemma was made all the more complicated by the fact that the person who asked me the question was a wee six year old girl who had found herself sharing a seat with me on the three hour bus ride from Philly.

Curious as all children are, she found it crazy that rather than an iPad, I had a journal and a pen. The look of incredulity on her face when I told her that I was writing just because rather than because I had homework turned to one of suspicion when I failed to elaborate beyond “just because”. In the end her mother just told her to be quiet and “leave the nice young man alone”.

Her question though stuck with me so I though I would ask you. If you had to explain it to a wee child, why is it that you write ?

Zachary Ssebatindira is a senior majoring in Biology at Drexel University. He is an avid soccer fanatic and spends an unhealthy amount of time reading and writing motivational speeches.

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  1. Ann Marie Hager says:

    I think the biggest reason why I write is to communicate the jumbled mess that runs through my head every moment I am awake. Every day, every person must say a million words, but when you write them, those words suddenly become organized, more like ideas than words. Ideas are what changes the world.

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