This is a question my wife took me through over a year or so ago. Knowing your WHY for what you do is very important (Did you know that?).
The question came up when I was filling out a grant form for a writing program. Why do you write?
When I handed it over for my wife to check, she said my ‘why’ was wrong.
Wrong? What do you mean? I write because I want kids to read.
No, that’s not it.
Fine (it was finally my turn to say that!!!). How about I want to make kids laugh. Yeah, that’s my why!
Nope, that’s not it either. Why do you want to write? What do you hope will happen.
Queue the lightbulb.
I want to make kids and their parents laugh and read together.
’Pop’ goes the bulb.
More grumbles and mutters from me.
Then I pause, and I think about the students I teach, and about why I read, and it hits me:
I write for kids to help inspire them to create worlds of their own with their own writing.
But, I’ve discovered, I write for another reason. And here it is:
Searching for the right
words to open my heart for
all to see and feel.
a haiku by Erik Ammon
Well, okay, it’s haiku format, but not an official haiku. It’s not about nature :)
So, my question for you all to ponder, and feel free to comment, what’s your “Why?”