Why I Write Reason 26: It’s Cheap Entertainment

Keeping ourselves amused can cost money. Going out to movies, concerts, and restaurants can be expensive. Television, for the people who still do that, has monthly fees, as do streaming service and just plain having an internet connection. Games, be they video-, board-, or roleplaying-, can be pricey even though the amount of fun you can have with them over time makes them a fair investment. Even craft supplies can add up quickly. I only get to read, or watch, or listen to, or play a tiny fraction of the things that I’d like to, because money is a finite resource. So I write, because it’s cheap entertainment.

Yeah, we live in an age of free entertainment. There’s tons of classic literature to be read for free, thanks to Project Gutenberg. Public libraries are amazing, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area that still funds things like that. Music and podcasts and all sorts of video content can be streamed legally and for free from several places. There are tons of games that you can play online or download.

Sometimes none of those things scratch the itch. You can’t find exactly what you want, or you can’t afford it. What can you do? You can make it. Write the story you want to hear. Create the game that you want to play. Script the movie or the TV show you want to see. Write the song you want to hear. Do it yourself.

You already own a device. I know this because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read this. You can write on that device. Pens, journals, notebooks, and paper are relatively inexpensive. There’s not special equipment needed to write. You don’t have to have an internet connection to do it. I rarely get bored, because if I do, I can sit down and write something and amuse myself.

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