Why Do I Write?

Why do I write? People ask me that as though I actually have a choice. I don’t. Not writing isn’t even an option because writing is something I love to do. It’s a part of me. I often joke that I have voices in my head, bit it isn’t really a joke. It’s true. Every single day characters scream at me to tell their stories, some louder than others, and often times those are the ones I write first.

But, okay, really, why do I write? I mean I have so much going on already, right? I work full time as a family Nurse Practitioner, I have three children, a husband, a home … I’m a busy girl. Writing keeps me sane. It’s how I relax at the end of a crazy busy day. Some people go fishing, others read a book (which I sometimes do), I write. I purge the voices from my head, releasing all the emotion and stress from the day into my stories.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when my life becomes overwhelming and I have to choose between getting a few hours of sleep or writing, and I choose sleep. Because let’s face it, I have to function. But more often than not, I choose to write because it’s who I am.

I am a …

Nurse practitioner

The list is endless … but my favorite parts of the list are the last two things …

I am a writer
I am an author

And it’s my writing that keeps everything else in balance.

KL Grayson is a USA Today bestselling author. She is coauthor with BT Urruela of A Lover’s Lament.