Think back about …

Why We Write

Sure, we’re all writers here, but why do we write? For relaxation, for pleasure, to keep others informed, for creative expression? Or as Joan Didion famously said, "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." Think back … about the role writing has played in your life. Share your Why We Write stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Why do I write?
I write to change the world. Why do I want to change the world? Because it needs it.
If they asked me, I could write a book
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If not for Retrospect, I would probably not be writing at all.
The Writing Life
Why do we write?   For me words seem to come easily and I enjoy the writing process.   (See Why I Blog) But here’s what some [...]
One Small Droplet
My conclusion from this is that we, or many of us, write for the satisfaction of having our words survive the birth canal, [...]
Eleven Lines in Six Words
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I write because I have to. I write because I can’t not. I write because I want to.
This One’s For You
I write because Suzy Underwood put out a plea to my college class listserv for stories about interviews, and I thought I had [...]
Writing My Way into Retirement
But if I must confess the truth, I write for myself because that is who I am.
Finding My Voice
It is fair to ask “why do I write”? I ponder that myself. I thought about this question for some time before [...]
I Write, Therefore It Is
I am a (very) amateur student of linguistics, and have always been attracted to the idea that, until a language has a [...]
Why I Blog
I originally posted this story on my blog World Thru Brown Eyes,  and after I was introduced to Retrospect I published it for [...]

New Stories on Old Prompts

Check out the list of past prompts for inspiration.

Past Stories You May Have Missed

1968: The Year Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Began
Fifty years ago, on February 19, 1968, one of my personal heroes, Fred Rogers, launched his children’s show, Mister Rogers' [...]
Prompted By 1968
July 18, 2018
Stars
We ate ethereal soufflés and listened to the pianist sample the Great American Songbook till closing.
Prompted By Restaurants
March 16, 2018

Think back about …

Why We Write

Sure, we’re all writers here, but why do we write? For relaxation, for pleasure, to keep others informed, for creative expression? Or as Joan Didion famously said, "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." Think back … about the role writing has played in your life. Share your Why We Write stories forward.

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