It’s a surprisingly enlightening exercise, even for me and I’ve done it at least 4 times a year for 12 years. I recommend you give it a shot. I’d love to hear what you come up with.
After the writing, the students brainstorm their reasons to write, and after 12 years, I can predict many responses that will always be mentioned. For example:
Because it’s fun
To figure out what I think
To make a difference
To entertain people
But until just recently, I was always surprised by how infrequently someone would say, “To make money.”
I figured my writing students were thinking of publication and making money someday and just didn’t want to say so. After all, I teach in Minnesota where no one would want to say something that might sound crass or be interpreted as “thinking too much of yourself.”
But now I’m not so sure. I’ll won’t say more until my next post because I don’t want to influence your responses in advance. Please send an email or comment listing some of the reasons you write. Is making money one of your reasons to write? Has it ever occured to you that making money could be one of the sources of writing resistance?