Why Do I Write?

To think is to know. To imagine is to think.

To think is to know. To imagine is to think.


I will keep this short. No use me rambling, which I could.

Besides the fun derived, I write because it is the most educational discipline I have ever undertaken. Now, that is a powerful statement, because I spent the better part of my working years as a professional musician.

As a result, I know the meaning of cultivation, investing many hours to discover that many more hours are needed.

Since I have always found learning enjoyable, and since writing requires a constant stream of it, writing improves my knowledge and my intelligence.

Now, I am not saying that I have more knowledge and more intelligence than anybody. All I am saying is that writing helps me in those respects, and to me nothing is more frustrating than stasis. Thus, I write to keep growing. And to grow is fun. And what is more fun than fun?

The answer, of course, is more fun.

Writing is brain food. Growth is fun. So writing is fun!

Of course, I could list multitudinous other benefits. Why bother? I have listed the most important ones without rambling.

7 thoughts on “Why Do I Write?

  1. David Dvorkin

    This is very interesting. I wouldn’t have thought that writing is more demanding in any sense than music, but then I’m not a musician, and what musicians do seems like impossible magic to me.

    I wonder how a composer would compare music and writing?

    1. garyssloan Post author

      From my experience, writing is every bit as demanding as mastering a musical instrument. Many parallels exist in both disciplines — complete dedication of time and energy, the development of technique, refining the eye versus the ear (in writing), feeling and interpreting rhythm to name a few.

      A common misconception prevails that music comes from the muses and writing is a learned skill. Different talents come into play in both, but many intangibles are the same. Masterful musicianship is rare and remarkable, yet, like writing, results from extreme commitment. Literary masterpieces are remarkable and rare, too.

      Composing music uses rules that writing does not. Writing has not the structures of harmony, melody and rhythm, and all the necessaries each musical instrument demands of the composer. Similarly, writing is restricted by language, and has the additional demand of education. Music is timbres and tones which when mixed well create a powerful experience. Writing is ideas and words, when interpreted the way the author intends, is powerful, as well. The difference is that a concert audience needs only to hear; the written word must be read, and reading is not innate.

      Thus, from my experience, each discipline makes demands of its creator, and also brings great satisfaction when accepted by an enthusiastic audience.

  2. Christi Moné Marie

    I loved this post! Lol. It’s your blog Gary, you can ramble if you want to! I really like how you brought out the connection between writing and music. I think you’re spot on. And when you’re composing, you ARE writing. So they are in fact, very intimately linked. I do agree that writing brings knowledge. Even if it’s from the research aspect! Oh, the things (and rabbit holes) you will find yourself going down!! Keep writing 🙂 In the end, it’ll pay off. In one way or another!

    1. garyssloan Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Christi. You’re right, it is my blog and I can ramble if I wish, but I’m working at keeping my posts short and to the point. Otherwise, yack … yack … yack. Further, writing is composing and composing is writing, each using a different language. Researching brings knowledge, as you say, and so does editing. Indeed, I have no intention of giving up writing. It’s too much fun and way too neat to see the book in print.

      1. Christi Moné Marie

        You’re welcome! Of course…you are smart! Keeping posts neat, short, crisp, and to the point is smart. Sadly, most people don’t have time to spend with a rambling author. Your short posts are like little morsels––food for thought. Keep at it! I look forward to reading more of your blog 🙂


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