Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about "why in the world they come to the page." I was enlightened and insprired by each one of you. (A reminder that Write on Wednesday lasts all week, so if you decide to respond to the prompt with a post on your blog, or a comment here at the Byline, then feel free to do so.)
As a postscript to this week's WOW (Susan pointed out the aptness of the acronym), here's a quote from I found this morning on Writing Time - it's from a man named Frank Smith. I especially like the last two lines...
Writing is for stories to be read, books to be published, poems to be recited, plays to be acted, songs to be sung, newspapers to be shared, letters to be mailed, jokes to be told, notes to be passed, recipes to be cooked, messages to be exchanged, memos to be circulated, announcements to be posted, bills to be collected, posters to be displayed and diaries to be concealed.
Writing is for ideas, action, reflection, and experience. It is not for having your ignorance exposed, your sensitivity destroyed, or your ability assessed.