Why do you write?


Someone asked me here recently about my writings and what made me decide to write. It’s a question to me that doesn’t really require much thought or consideration for that matter.  

My response was rather vague because to me it was an odd question, with many different responses. So I decided to do the main thing that I was taught not to do, answer a question with a question. Why wouldn’t I write? The look I got was very much expected because my sarcasm didn’t go over so well and came off as being really rude. Yet, in my mind, it was a fair response because I really wanted to know why I shouldn’t be writing. 

Nonetheless, after a few moments of awkward staring, I decided to really answer the question with a less sarcastic response.   

I write simply because I want to inspire people to be themselves. Life is so short and so many people are unhappy with whom they are on the inside, and I think that it is so sad that self love is so foreign, to so many people. 

Words are so powerful in so many ways and it’s often times the only tool that we have to truly reach people from all over the world. I would rather use whatever means of communication that I have with the world, to try and make it better. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s true.  

I don’t have a million dollars, so I can’t go out here and build schools or anything on that dramatic of a scale. However, I have a pen and paper that contains words that I hope will inspire someone to make a change for the better. I by no means consider myself powerless because I don’t have a lot of money; I just try to use the tools that I have to make the biggest impact that I can on everyone around me.   

I hope my words will one day reach millions of people all over the world and inspire them to be great. I write because it is my passion to change as many lives as I can for the better; maybe one day that life will be yours.


(Lacresha Dowdy is a graduate of Clinton High School, Piedmont Technical College, and Claflin University in Orangeburg. Since December, 2009, she has been the City of Clinton, Municipal Court, clerk of court.)

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