Why do we write?Those of us who day after day work to transfer meaning andexperience through words, know the struggle.Sitting here, staring at the blank sheet of paper, thinking and thinkingand feeling and feeling, trying to place the best word next and next and next,trying to construct the perfect line or sentence or paragraph to preciselyconvey our message.And then what? Erasing or deleting the whole thing. And startingover.Staring at the sheet of paper in front of us, or staring out the windowtrying to think of what should be written next. Walking to the kitchen for asandwich or a cup of coffee.Coming back and staring at the white sheet of paper, trying to pullreality out of nothing but our imagination.Why do we do this? Why do we put ourselves through this gauntlet,unsure that our message is worth the effort, unsure that we’ve got the rightwords in the right order so that our writing will grab a reader and fill him or her with pleasure?There are many reasons to write: to earn money, to tell the truth, tocreate a world and characters that have never existed before, to expressourself, to share what we’ve experienced or learned, to preserve somethingimportant, to entertain.