I was asked an incredible question recently by the founder of the hot new readers’ website Momma Says Read. On the face of it the question was simple: What is the Real Reason You Write?

Whoa! Wait a minute. Not so simple, is it? She wants to know the “real” reason, not some spewing of platitudes. The truth is that I had to take a good deal of time out of my evening to sit and think this through.

In the end I discarded spoons full of pablum responses and instead dug deep into my “real” motivations for writing. If you are a writer, an aspiring writer, or an avid reader, I hope you will find my answer to that penetrating question interesting. I’d love to hear your comments.

You’ll find my essay here

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