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Why I love writing

It didn’t escape my notice that I’ve been writing this blog for about a month now, and I’m still really enjoying it! Sometimes it’s hard to get a creative idea, but those who pursue creative endeavours know that it’s not always about having inspiration strike, but the discipline to be consistent even when you don’t have a good idea.

I wanted to write something feel-good today, so I thought I’d write about why I love writing so much.

I write a lot. Well, maybe I’ll take that back. I write more than the average person. I write my blog, I write poetry and prose, I write creative fiction, and I journal. To me, they are different forms of media that fulfill different creative purposes. In other words, it never really feels like I’m writing too much.

I guess I love writing because it allows me to be more precise with my word choices. I’m not going to pretend that I’m painstaking over the phrasing of every word, but the ability to edit is something I greatly value. As someone who isn’t the best at public speaking, or speaking in everyday life, I appreciate the chance to put thought into my words but still have the message be conveyed at an appropriate pace for the reader. There’s no delete button when you speak in real life, but if there was, I’d use it a lot.

Additionally, writing gives things a purpose to create things out of what may be something terrible. As the famous Carrie Fisher quote goes:

Take your broken heart, make it into art.

Carrie Fisher

I’m not always heartbroken, but I find that I feel things a lot in my life. It doesn’t have to be about something romantic necessarily, though that does seem to be the topic of popular pieces. But sometimes I’m having a bad day, or I get into a fight with a friend, or I’m uncertain of my future, and taking those bad feelings and writing about them allows me to sift through my emotions while creating a product I can be proud of at the end.

Similarly, I find writing to be an extremely therapeutic outlet for all this stuff in my head. I don’t know how it started, but I just get these thoughts and I’m like, “I should write that down.” I don’t know why I want to write it down, but I get this urge to. I told my sister this recently, and she laughed at me because it sounds incredibly dramatic, but my creative fiction isn’t me trying to get new ideas. Characters and situations just happen in my head, and I feel like their stories are important, so I write them down.

Finally, the reason why I love writing the most is because it allows me to remember things that I don’t remember anymore. I know it’s not a unique feature of writing, and that other things like photographs or videos do the same thing, but there are different things that are conveyed. For example, when I read my journals from when I was a little kid, I can see my obsession with writing in coloured pens (why do we do this as kids…) and how my handwriting morphs over the years. When I was compiling my collection of poetry and prose last year, I read over pieces that I’d written from the ages of 15 to 19. It was interesting to see how my writing style had changed, and remember exactly the situations and feelings I had written about back then. One day I imagine I’ll look back on older posts of this blog–especially my Five Things–and reminisce about the good old days. Nostalgia gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I hope I encouraged you to write a little bit, whatever that is. Maybe it’s your to do list (also fun to look back on), maybe it’s a sentence a day. Whatever it is, your thoughts are precious, and they deserve to be remembered. I hope to be lucky enough to read your thoughts one day.

x B

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