Why Write?

Today I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with a writing class, and one of the students asked: “How do you know when you’re done writing?”

My response was entirely off the cuff, but I think it was rather poignant, one of those great moments when you spout off something entirely relevant and clever that wasn’t a quote from somebody else. It was:

“Writers write for two reasons. Well, okay, three reasons, but the third reason is to get paid and that doesn’t really happen. So, writers write for two reasons. The first is to tell the story that you want to tell, and the second is to make your readers hear your story. If your reader is left with questions, or doesn’t understand, or couldn’t envision your details, or got lost or bored along the way, or doesn’t feel invested in your characters, then you’re not done writing.”

-Nicole R. Ordway

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