10 reasons why you should start writing more
The written word is a powerful thing. Without the written word, our world wouldn’t be quite what it is. Shakespeare and Boccaccio wouldn’t be as well known today if they had never put pen to paper. Storytelling is a way for our species to pass down knowledge and with the addition of the written word, we have made leaps and bounds in our technology and scientific achievements.
With this in mind, I make it a goal to write at least 500 words a day. This might be for a post, for a random bit of babble about my day, or just a quick scene for a story. But, the important part is that I write. You can use a pretty journal that you bought just for that purpose, a yellow notepad, Word/OpenOffice/any other word processor, or a slick but simple 750words.com account. Whatever you chose, just start writing! If you need more convincing, here are some more reasons.
It’s cathartic. Maybe you delve deep into your own little fantasy world where you make thinly veiled jabs at those around you who make life stressful. Or perhaps you just want to write about your day. Vent out those frustrations, your fears and angers, joys and sorrows. Put voice to all the thoughts that you keep pent up during the day and feel your stress melt away.
- Life is short. Really, none of us know how long we have in this life. In our daily lives, how often is it “Go, go go”? Take a moment and get to know yourself again. Write a letter to your younger self, or if that feels weird, write it to your child/dear friend/stranger reading your blog on the internet. Enjoy that moment of reflection on the little moments of your day. Basking in the warm sun as the breeze ruffles your hair on your drive home. The smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls made just the way grandma made them. A big bumblebee that clumsily bumbles into you before buzzing away grumpily- because how dare you be in his path? These little moments ground us and help us slow down. They might not seem it, but they’re worth remembering.
Write for the love of writing. For the love of seeing your thoughts playing out in front of you. You don’t have to be a narcissist about it- or do! What do you care? You’re writing about what you want to write about! There doesn’t always have to be a purpose. Sometimes you just need to babble for a little while and sometimes you need to see that character you’ve worked for hours on to get just right begin to blossom. Either way, write because you love it. You don’t have to be the most amazing writer ever, but you’ll never get better if you don’t just start writing.
- Write because you are the only one of you that there is. No one on this planet will be able to tell the exact same story as you, from your point of view. Leave short stories of your life for you children, friends, nieces/nephews, siblings, and anyone else who loves you.
That story that is burning in the back of your mind for years on end deserves to be told. Who cares if it never gets published? Who cares if it never sees the light of day? If you think at the end it’s complete garbage. It’s something that you wrote and poured your soul into. It can’t be so terrible if you’ve put that much love and heart into it.
- You never know who you’ll inspire. Really, this one’s true. B and I were chatting over lunch on our day off and half an hour into listening to him talk about the mechanics in a game he was playing, I just looked at him. “You should start a blog.” He scoffed at me, thinking it was a silly idea, but the more I talked about what he could write about based on what I’ve read from others, the more he realized that he really did have a lot to talk about. Between games, D & D, and his 3D printing, he has more than enough material to write about, but didn’t realize it. So, you never know who you’ll inspire to make that leap!
Seriously. Just write. Don’t wait for inspiration, that’s silly. If you’re stuck in a rut, just start writing. Waiting for that “ah-ha!” moment is like waiting at the airport for your train to arrive. Assuming your airport doesn’t also have a train, that is. In which case, I don’t know- it’s like waiting for a hot air balloon?
- Your writing will improve. Almost guaranteed. Think about it though, the more you write, the more you’re probably going to read. You’ll want to research into what you’re writing about so you don’t sound like a total ninny, right? Well, the more you read and the more you write, the more you’ll pick up on the different nuances in writing and adapt them to your own style.
If your mind is a leaky sieve like mine, it’ll help you keep track of things better. I tend to jot down my ideas throughout the day and I always have a pen or grease pencil on me (thanks work!). As a result, I have a much easier time remembering dates and events because they’re already on paper. Unless of course I forget my grocery list at home! But I’ve noticed that my memory has improved with my habit of jotting tidbits down throughout the day.
At the end of the day though, you should write because you want to write. Sure, from time to time, the inspiration might abandon you and you have to force yourself to write, but that shouldn’t always be the case. Those are just my thoughts on the subject! What keeps you writing?
Until next time!