Friday, January 07, 2011
People ask me about why I write. I guess they figure that I have some kind of well-reasoned master plan. They're usually surprised when I tell them I write because I enjoy it.
It may be that not everyone enjoys writing as much as I do. I hear all the time about writer's block, or the pressure of cranking out post after post. For me, it's much simpler. For me, writing is the easiest way to get what I call a Creator's High.
Psychologists often talk about flow states. Flow is the experience of becoming complete absorbed in an activity. Scientifically, you enter a flow state when you pursue an activity that is involving and just the right level of challenging. One of the reasons we play games is to achieve this state--something anyone who has played Rock Band can appreciate.
I'm no psychologist, but I observe in myself that achieving flow when I'm creating something is more pleasurable than garden variety flow.
Perhaps it's the sense of accomplishment, which provides a slow-burning pride of achievement. Perhaps it's because creative endeavors reflect ourselves more than neutral activities like video games. Either way, it's a feeling I love and crave. And I find that writing is the easiest way for me to achieve this Creator's High.
Unlike starting a company, which takes years, or building a product, which takes months, I can bang out a good post in an hour or two, and the sense of completion from finishing something can last me the rest of the day.
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that blogging is an addiction for me. Best of all, it's an addiction that has brought me insights, friends, and yes, even business.
I think those are some pretty good reasons to write.