I write because...

Writing is in my blood.

Maybe that sounds cheesy to you, but for those of you who read my blog, you know that I have been writing ever since I was five years old. I have thirteen years worth of stories packed away in boxes. Some fill up notebooks, others are from my earlier days or the time when I liked to scribble words in my mom's medical books with an orange crown.

So, yeah, writing is not just a hobby to me.

Hobbies can be forgotten about, and like playing the piano or collecting coins you can decide one day that you're no longer interested in doing those things but...writing is different. Telling stories is my passion, sharing the things that I write with other people is a dream.

I don't know what the future holds. I don't know if getting an agent and selling a few books will happen for me. I do know that even if it doesn't, at the end of the day, I'll still be a writer. There are people out there who think that because they don't have an agent, they're not really writers, or that writing is pointless unless you want to one day become a published author.

I can't think like that.

Yes, I want an agent.

Yes, I want to be published.

But none of those things will happen for me, if I write solely for those reasons.

I'm going to write the stories that I want to write, and I'm going to write them well. Then after I do that, I'm going to write them again. I'm going to put blood, sweat, and tears into every manuscript I write because that's what writing is all about. If you're going to write, don't half-ass anything you work on. Owe it to yourself to tell stories, and to tell them not only in the way they want to be told, but in a way that you can be proud of whenever you finish.

Tear off pieces of your soul, sit down in front of your computer, and in the words of Thomas Wolfe, open up a vein and bleed.

I write the stories that I feel are important; the stories that I want to tell because I feel that I need to hear them, and maybe one day other people will hear them too, but in the mean time, I write because I opened up a vein a long time ago, and it hasn't stopped bleeding since.

So, writers, tell me.

Why do YOU write?

Thursday Obsessions: Supernatural, Sparkling Flavored Water, and Wuthering Heights

I leave for college in 2 weeks, guys. 2 WEEKS!

It seems like graduation was yesterday, and not two months ago. O.o

Well, since it's Thursday, here are the things I'm obsessed with this week*:

Supernatural: I was ten when this show first came on, and though I really wasn't into it back then, I'm in LOVE with it now. Everything about this show is badass. I mean, what's not to love about two extremely cute brothers who hunt demons and other things that go bump in the night? Every episode is like a mini horror movie and...just when you think you know what's going to happen, something that you never expected to happen happens and...I just REALLY LOVE THIS SHOW. Okay, I also really love Sam/Dean but can you blame me?

Fruition: This is the name of the brand of sparkling flavored water at Giant Eagles and...let me tell you, it is soooo good. I stopped drinking pop a couple months ago, so I was a little excited when I found something healthier (It has natural fruit flavoring, and is sodium, sugar, and calorie free) to drink. OK, it doesn't beat plain water, but I need something flavored to drink (that isn't Crystal Light) from time to time or I go crazy.

Wuthering Heights: I just really love quoting WH. The writing is haunting and dark and the love that Catherine/Heathcliff have is destructive and beautiful. If you have never read the book (you should seriously read it) or aren't a fan of the Bronte sisters, at least watch the movie (the one with Tom Hardy) to get what I'm talking about.

I'll leave you guys with a few of my favorite quotes:

"If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn't love you as much as I do in a single day." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

"Your veins are full of ice water and mine are boiling." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

What are you obsessed with this week?

*Stolen from Rachel. Click here to read her post.