There are all kinds of writers out there…
Storytellers, ghost writers, journos, copywriters, speech writers, screenwriters, playwrights, to name but a few.
But what makes a writer want to write?
What do all writers have in common?
What makes it possible to create something that never existed before?
I’m not talking about our ability to imagine.
Or the ability to shove your butt into a chair, curse the keyboard, stare at a blank screen, and still, somehow, pound out the words to create people, worlds, and plot twists from nothing but your imagination.
I’m not talking about some childhood dream or trauma that compels someone to write.
Or the folks that say they have to write or they’ll die.
I’m not talking about how many writers are introverts and we write because we prefer to be alone and happily sit with our imagination.
Gosh, that’s a lot of things that I’m not not talking about.
But I believe there is one thing that unites all writers.
The one thing that, without it, you wouldn’t be able to ‘be’ all the things I mentioned above.
Without this one thing, this glue that binds everything together, I don’t care how passionate about writing you are. If you don’t possess it, you’re probably not a writer.
The answer lies in my 6-year-old son’s question journal.
Have you worked out what it is?
Have a think, send me an email with your guess and I’ll tell you if you’re right.
(What, don’t roll your eyes at me. This is my blog and if want to tease you, I will)