The quick answer is that I simply have to. It’s my way of making sense of the world and it’s also my playground in that I can create my own worlds here. I love it and hate it in equal measure but to stop writing would be to stop living. It’s who I am.
When it comes to individual pieces of writing, why I write them will depends on the piece in question. This blog, for example, started in my writing diary, an idea I got from Scott Myers in his excellent screenwriting blog, Go into the Story(GITS). As I was writing it I realised that some of what I’ve learned as I strive to be a writer, may be helpful for other new writers. So in this case I’m writing because I want to help others avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way, and to share some of the great resources that have helped me.
I wrote my screenplay, Black Snow, for different reasons; as a way of bringing back a very special person, to explore the nature of grief and loss, to share my joy of mountains, to give hope to those who can’t find it…
Poems are something I write purely for the fun of it. They come unbidden into my head and literally seem to write themselves.
I am now completing a new screenplay, Day and Night and Day. I wrote it to explore what it means to be a writer, mother and character in a novel. I want to explore alternative scenarios and options for how we might live better, as well as what could happen if we do nothing.