Lori Ferguson, a freelance writer and ghostwriter living in New Hampshire, touches on something universal to the writer's experience in her answer to the question Why I write :
"As I kid I wrote to explore, tentatively trying on personas and chronicling my dreams in a diary with a little brass lock.
"As a tween and teen, I wrote to complain and cheer and change and grow.
"As an undergraduate and graduate student, I wrote in an effort to comprehend and enliven the knowledge I was accumulating.
"As an adult, I write to connect with those around me, sharing passion for a painter or incredulity for an inventor through the lines of a profile. I write out of curiosity, exploring the mind of a scientist or the vision of an entrepreneur in the paragraphs of a feature. I write out of a desire to expand my mind, my skill set, my vocabulary, my world by sifting through words and pruning lines of text until I’ve come to the best expression of an idea or individual that I can achieve.
"I write because I am grateful, every day, that I can."