11 Reasons Why I Continue to Write

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group 

Posting for the first Wednesday of the Month, October 2, 2019

Because I’m in the final editing stages of my upcoming book, Love’s New Beginnings, which I plan on publishing in October, I thought I’d share some encouraging thoughts and moments I’ve experienced in my forty years as a writer.

11 Reasons Why I Continue to Write

Newly Published - July 2019

  1. Opening a box of newly published books never gets old. Never.
  1. If I don’t write, I get grumpy.
  1. I like to believe that one day I will be a best-seller author and have my story portrayed on the screen. At this point, I’m not fussy; while I had preferred the big screen, the little screen will do just fine.
  1. I get to hang out with other writers! And, they are the best people ever. They know how to spell! They laugh a lot. They know how to add to my idea, thus making it a great idea. They’re just as geeky about grammar as I am! They get me.
  1. I’ve become an expert in something: plotting, developing characters, writing, punctuations and grammar, writing loglines.
  1. I get to have geeky conversations on Facebook, such as whether the Oxford comma is needed or not. And, the conversations create more posts from one question asked than any political conversations elsewhere.
  1. Books and movies—old and new—get recommended.
  1. Diana's wall of booksIt’s okay that I have a lot of books. Lots.
  1. When writing, I enjoy losing track of time.
  1. It’s the only way I can get the voices out of my head.

Oh, and Reason #11 – Do I really need a reason when it’s pure fun?

Why do you write?

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgePurpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!



About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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5 Responses to 11 Reasons Why I Continue to Write

  1. Nancy Gideon says:

    Great list, Diana!! I can identify with every number. Writers are strange creatures so it’s nice to know we’re in good company.


  2. Wonderful list! I especially like #4 – writers are such a neat bunch of people. I only wish I lived someplace where there was a local writers group and that I could meet with fellow writers face-to-face.

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  3. helenmatheyhornbooks says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who was picking out numbers from your list. I haven’t done #1 much but that hard copy with your name on it….woohoo! #8 and 10 also. However I have the ton of books before I started writing. And getting the voices on paper is like an exorcism. lol

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    • Diana Stout says:

      That picture of wall of books… I have another wall opposite just like it. 🙂 And this is after I downsized and got rid of three-quarters of my library! Thanks for commenting!


  4. Kate says:

    Those are all reasons why I’m a writer too….

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