This image shows two pieces of paper, one is more of a sign hung in a trousers hanger; the sign reads, Magic is something you make. The second sign has a paragraph in big words that mentions speaking your truth. To the right of this is a fanciful dreamcatcher.

Why Do You Write?

A few months ago I participated in a Writers' Summit organized by the wonderful Doris Chung of Publisher Production Solutions. There, I asked writers who wandered up to my booth, "Why do you write?" I was inspired by the many different (and sometimes astonishing!) answers people gave, and it made me realize how vast the field of writing, how exceptionally genuine, generous and creative many of the people who decide to pursue writing, either as a career, pasttime, or simply as a way to tell their life stories.

One lesson this project taught me was the importance of having a community of like-minded people who get how important writing is, and who don't judge you for not having published, or for staying at home on Saturday night to scribble away at a story of your own making.

I interviewed and photographed many people at this event for something I will sensibly call the Writing Photo Project. The following is just a sample.

Thanks to all the inspiring and aspiring writers who let an imperfect stranger ask them personal questions and take their pictures in a hotel lobby.

 

Jenny McKaig is a writer, editor, coach and speaker. She is the powerhouse behind her eponymous brand, offering courses in Awakening Coaching, Creative Coaching, Writing and Editing.

Why do you write?

JM: I write to connect, to listen, to trust, to nurture my soul.

What is your dream writing project?

JM: To write Michelle Obama's story.

 

James Erdt is a speaker, author and success coach who runs workshops bringing together global speakers in the areas of money, health and relationships.

Why do you write?

JE: To support others to be their best and to make me accountable.

What is your dream writing project?

JE: Collaborating on a project with modern-day heroes Bono, Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

Reshma Mituram is currently working on a book series. Very ambitious!

Why do you write?

RM: I write because it's an escape from a  rather mundane existence, and also because I'd like to take others on that adventure, too.

What is your dream writing project?

RM: The trilogy I'm working on called The Changeling Project.

 

Angela Aikens is a singer/songwriter who sang from a young age in her church choir.

Why do you write?

AA: I write for the enjoyment of it. I write because it's my gift and passion; my way of spreading a message.

What is your dream writing project?

AA: To write something that will inspire and motivate many.

 

Why do you write?

Enid Reader: I write to help children overcome life challenges and to express myself creatively.

What is your dream writing project?

Enid Reader: To write a story that resonates with teenagers and adults and lets them know they're being heard.

 

 

Why do you write?

Audrey Simpson-Campbell: To entertain, teach, and help others and myself.

What is your dream writing project?

Audrey Simpson-Campbell: Metamorphisis: A Pathway to Personal Transformation, my current self-help book that I am almost finished.

 

 

So why do you write? I invite you to share your thoughts and inspirations in the comments below.