As I set my timer to begin I think … “I don’t know. I don’t know why I write. I just write.” And then slowly, through the words, something emerges.

I write because I am inspired by what I see. Traversing through the changing seasons of the Australian bush, or the public market or just passing some street graffiti I am called in a way,  or compelled in a way, or overwhelmed in a way that I must capture their words.

I write to feel the thrill and excitement and possibility: as I lose all sense of no, stopping and sitting and forgetting everything but the writing.

I write because I  love the feel of a fountain pen in my hand. The pen strokes the page, the bottle changes the ink, the screwed-off cap spills the floor, the nib cleans itself on the inside of my recycled cloth handbag and the beautiful paper captures flowing words into a lovely bound journal.

And then the drawing out, the extraction. I write because I love this process even more. The raw material, read and perused and the something, the something used and placed on the screen. My hands melding the black keys with words, clattering along in loving familiarity mingling new thoughts with the something the pen wrote earlier.

I write because I love the look of those words on a page: the construction and the re-arrangement set only for the eye. I love the look of those words in a blog post; wrapped into a lovely image, or some artistic sort of photo that I have hunted for on the backroads.

Then I write for you dear reader, the someone out there (even when I think there is no one, I write).

And so I keep building it everyday. I have stuck to my writing (one of the few things ever). I really have stuck to my writing (and boy do I write). I think i know now why I write. I write because I love it. And somehow I always knew I would.

© 2016 Melinda Irvine
Everyday Inspiration: Day 1 (I write because)

11 responses to “Why I Write”

  1. Dacian Avatar


    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      Thanks for visiting my blog and reading my little post here. I haven’t written much for a few weeks but felt great writing and posting a tiny poem just now. Mel.

  2. zee Avatar

    Wonderful motivation to write! 😀

  3. Success Strategies Avatar

    Keep writing. Let your spirit soar.

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      thank you for the encouragement. mel.

  4. communicatingcreatively Avatar

    I am so glad I came across your Blog, Mel. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      Thank you, I just found your blog and loved it too. Really loved your photographs of the lines and shadows around the SBG. Mel.

  5. jodie-ann Nunn Avatar
    jodie-ann Nunn

    Oh I so hear you…. I too write because I love it . We had good encouraging and inspiring teachers that encourages us to “strive to excel” lol. I just keep most of it to myself. though i have had a few of my poems published in books over the years. I find it releasing and cathartic.

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      It feels wonderful doesn’t it Jodie when you do let it out. I just drove past our little primary school and it looks wonderful , so many beautiful palms and trees. Lovely. Strive to Excel. Yes I think I’d like Jerry to go there. Mel xx Ps hope all is improving since the OP