I read the Midnight Disease to find out why some people write so much. Here are the options.
- Biology. An overabundance of neurotransmitters in the synapses of our limbic system influences our temporal lobes.
- Vocation. We have a sense of mission and we desire to propagate truth, beauty, humor.
- Hypergraphia. Like the workaholic, there’s a psychodynamic urge to write and we just can’t quit.
- Suffering. Misery shared is half the misery.
- Temperament. The artist in us “gets pleasure from the praise of complete strangers.”
- Post partum disorder. (Um, not for all of us).
- A visitation. One receives inspiration from the muse like receiving dictation by an outside source.
- Imago dei. Being created in the image of a communicating God prompts us to communicate as well. Well, not as well, but in stumbling imitation.
- Depression. Introspection is a very writerly trait.
- Compulsive memoirism. This is the fuel behind most blogs.
- Money (fame, fortune).
- Self therapy. “Language was the first mood altering experience” (p. 200).
- Self knowledge. “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” (p. 218).
My hunch is that people with the compulsion to write a lot combine several of these motivations. What drives you to write?