Why Do I Write?

Today, I am linking up (very late to the party!) with Carrie Elle for the innaugural Wordy Wednesday Prompt.

This week (er… last week, but whatever… always fashionably late, right?), the prompt is: Why Do I Write?

julia emma why i write Why Do I Write?

I write because I think I am good at it.

I write because I think I’m funny.

I write because the feedback I have received from readers (readers defined as people who are not related to me) is good, at times even great, and that warms my heart, makes my day, and puts a spring in my step. When I have touched someone- even if it was just a quick laugh- it fills me with a sense of accomplishment and a sense of kinship that I have not found in any other place in my life.

I write because one day I want to be a bestselling author of books (about me- what else?!).

That last sentence was a difficult one to write, because I cannot take it back. Now that I have publicly outed myself, I must follow through. I consider myself very goal oriented. I run my life (and my household) in ways that would make a professional organizer weep with joy. The older I get, the more private I get. Yes, I realize I blog about my life, which seems very public, however, as I control all the content, I am able to keep certain parts private.  I tend to share only what I absolutely, positively know I can achieve.  Putting my Goal out there is nerve racking, because, if I fail, I will have the eyes of all of my loyal fans (that’s at least eleven sets of eyes) witnessing my defeat.

The threat of failure, however, does not motivate me as much as the thrill of victory. For me, victory is defined as having new readers, and more importantly, making new connections with those readers.  When I receive a notification of a new reader (or new comment), the feeling is like nothing else. I liken it to how it feels to close the biggest deal with the toughest client.  That feeling of triumph, of gratification, of accomplishment, and of belonging is unparalleled.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I also write because I am (fairly) narcissistic.  I think I am unbelievably interesting and hilarious, and inside my head I believe everyone else does too. I don’t want to go so far as to say that it is my OBLIGATION to share the life inside my head, but if someone else does I will not argue the point…

julia emma do you understand Why Do I Write?


  1. So well put and wonderfully honest, Julia!
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  2. I think you’re funny too! And I also think that all bloggers are fairly narcissistic. I know I am (as evidenced by my Twitter feeds, where I feel like people enjoy reading my stream of consciousness thoughts about my lunch and football and TV). But it IS our obligation to entertain people. And you do a great job of it!
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  3. Thank you for linking up – there’s no such thing as late, you can’t put a time constraint on genius, right?!

    Also, I’m totally holding you accountable for a book! I look forward to reading it!
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  4. Caroline Zuniga says:

    Yay! I am going to your first book signing- hope it is somewhere really cool!!!

  5. You can do it of course, the book writing. Go Julia!
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  6. Hi Julie,
    I found you through the Wordy Wednesday Link Up. I like your post and can certainly identify with much of what you wrote. Something tells me you are determined enough to reach your goal regardless of how many people are looking!
    Great Writing!

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