Why I Write

My writing starts with an experience, a question, sometimes an awakening, and I try to sort out why a particular story takes hold, what it means for me. And I hope that by writing it down I can figure that out and start a conversation with others.

I also write because there are few other practices that capture my attention like writing. Maybe talking, but writing forces me to sort it out alone, and then decide how much I want to share with the world.

I try to write six days a week. I know some say to write every day, but I need to a day off each week that is left unplanned, except for a few rituals that don’t change. A day spent on revision is still writing; but a day spent on research has to be more than jumping from web page to web page, amusing myself with other people’s business.

Mornings are when I am most focused, and I think my best work gets done before noon. I like to get up with the sun in the summer, later in the dark mornings of winter. But if I don’t get started in the morning, I write when I can, as long as I get words on the page.