Why do I write? Good question.

It’s not because it’s been a passion ever since second grade when Sister Ann Michael praised my poem I WANT TO BE A DOG for its wit, rhyme, and wild imagination, or the inclusion of several heart-wrenching poems about ‘first love’ triumphs and heart breaks in my high school literary magazine, or that I even love to write—I wield my pen because I cannot escape the characters rambling in my head demanding their stories be told.


I write because I like words, odd words, like pulchritudinous, ludicrous, tumulus,
words that captivate, undulate, scintillate,
mouth-watering words, hair-raising words,
fragrant, pungent, aromatic words that tickle the olfactory system,
words, that when strung together like a fine strand of pearls,
elicit giggles, snickers, guffaws,
gasps, sighs, tears,
or an amalgamation thereof.
I like words that are mutinous, disobedient nonconformists that defy the rules—
weird, I know.

I write to create worlds where I am The Omniscient, the chess champion, the queen in control of the land of What Happens If.

I write to answer the age-old question, ‘Who Am I?’

I write to discover myself, to better understand myself, convince myself I have something worth saying. Writing gives me time to think about what I have to say and say it clearly. It is a journey, an adventure, a nose-dive into the realm of my innermost thoughts.

I write because I cannot escape it.

What about you?


About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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16 Responses to QUID SCRIBAM?

  1. Here’s an appropriate pun:

    Right on!

    I like your essay, Donna. You’ve obviously given this a lot of thought.



  2. I write because I talk to myself too much and I let the excess spill onto paper or the screen😄


  3. Kurian says:

    Nice interesting post Donna


  4. Lyn says:

    It’s been ages since I put quill to parchment. I’ve been so tired the past… well, the past year, I guess
    my imagination hasn’t wanted to play with me.


  5. Susanne says:

    Can I just say “Ditto”? Although, I don’t have characters rambling around in my head like you, it is often words that will stir them into being. Then they take up residence in my head for a while until I give them a new home on the page. So, it’s a kind of release of a self-imposed madness. Really, writing, while immensely satisfying, is by far the hardest – oh wait, 2nd hardest next to motherhood – thing I have worked at in my life. It is all about discovery and exploration. We’re like Vasco de Gama!

    I don’t believe any of my elementary school writing was praised for its wild imagination but I’m not surprised yours was.


  6. I write because I want to tell the story. And I, too, love words. And one of my early creations was Ode to Puppy Dog Tongues, so we share that in common—though I must confess I was an adult, a practicing attorney participating in a church talent show, and my boyfriend (now husband) stood beside me and held up my 3 Yorkies as props. Sometimes I Iook back on that in amazement. 🙂


  7. Loved! And Your last line about not being able to escape is spot on.

    I can’t NOT write. A part of me dies inside if I cease.

    There’s an upcoming Story Expo in LA in Sept. Maybe we can finally rendezvous there bloggymate??


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