What Is Your Motive for Writing: A Poem

Updated on June 18, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

What might be your motive for writing

probably not something to monetize

quite possibly you find it exciting

or even hoping for a little prize.


Is it a hope for a recognition

or some other ambitious goal

perhaps you're just in a mission

to share your mind and your soul.


To some it may be private way

to show off best of what they are

or to give substance to a boring day

while getting close to someone very far.


Others have discovered thrill

in comments with friendly praise

yet to others it is their way to chill

as life may be going through a phase.


Well, don't reveal your reasons

to a total stranger that I might be

we all have our peculiar life season

just like me stay on your writing spree.

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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Michael---That's true, my friend, we never know who may benefit even in a smallest way by something we wrote. And even if people don't agree with us, that gives them an opportunity to come up with their own interpretation of the topic, while strengthening their position.

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      Michael Milec 

      3 months ago

      Simply, I am obliged to share what is given to me. Someone finds it useful. If I would refused to say it , the same will never be published ...

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      Vladimir Karas 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Dana---For another little piece of generalizing---whatever may be displayed as a little dubious value in our relationships---brings us hubbers closer.

      It's our little escape into our own little world where people accept us for who we are, without a need for a standing ovation ever.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      All I have to say to that my friend is...Thank God you said it because I sure didn't want too.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Kristen---Yes, it certainly is a sort of flattering to realize that someone Down Under or at any corner of the world is reading our literary expressions---some of them giving us incentive to continue with their praises.

      We are a little community here, like our own little private club of friends, each with our unique personalities, writing styles, and a personal motive for writing.

      We even call each other a "friend" here and there, although what are the real chances to ever meet one another in our life time. But it doesn't matter to us, masters of imagination, right?

      Well, it's great to hear from you again, my friend. And thank you for your kind words of praise.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Dana---I am not particularly in favor of generalizing about anything, so what I have to say on your topic may or may not apply to your case.

      It may go deeper than just "their" not reading our stuff. There may be some underlying motive stemming from jealousy, hidden competing, a "passive raining on our parade".

      Sometimes people don't understand that you only want to share with them your enthusiasm for an activity---they see it as your manifestation of advertising your advantages over them.

      Many apparently healthy relationships have a little undiagnosed "ailment". I certainly hope this is not so in your case, and I would really like to be forgiven for generalizing here.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      We had a forum here on hubpages about what a bummer it was that our friends and family were not interested in the things we wrote about. We came to the conclusion it just wasn't worth the effort of begging and playing guilt trips on people who just weren't interested.

      I will admit though, it would be nice if they pretended to be interested the same way I pretend to be interested in the things they are passionate about. Trust me I should receive an award on the act I put on for their benefit.

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Excellent poem Val. For me, it's been a lifelong dreams to see my words in print and be published with an agent. I'm closer than I've been in years.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Dana---Are you telling me that your family and friends actually read what you write---aside from the point that "they are not paying attention" to what it is?

      My family and friends don't. Well, maybe because I told them that I was not expecting them to read. Maybe for some other reason which wouldn't matter to me anyway. Like I told everybody---It's just my fun, not my vehicle of proving something about myself to anybody.

      Ever since my elementary school I enjoyed writing. Well, I also learned to play guitar, and to do oil painting---without excelling at any to the point of expecting some applauses. It's all just fun.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Writing seems to be the only way I can find a release. My writing gives the deepest part of me a voice that may never be heard otherwise. My friends and some family members feel that I can be pretty complex but I tell them that's because they don't pay attention to the things I write about.

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