Writing brings me joy: I feel so fortunate : here are five reasons to keep it up I hope other writers can relate. Image courtesy of digitalart at freedigitalart.net
I have always enjoyed communicating through the written word. Being a writer, an amateur and freelance one at that, it certainly has become self-evident that it is not monetary compensation that inspires me, not solely anyway. Yes, it is rewarding and also helpful practically to be paid a little bit, but as other writers could probably attest to, it certainly isn’t enough to ‘quit one’s day job’.
I therefore thought it might be helpful to both myself and I hope to others, to reflect upon and to share some of the benefits of ‘being a writer’.
1. Self-discovery. There are many facets of my personality, of my likes and dislikes, and views on various subjects that I don’t even become aware of until they take place in the written form.
Writing therefore gives me self-awareness as I continue to find out how I feel and think about things.
2. As a consequence of self-discovery, writing allows me to know I can authentically communicate with others. There is time allowable during writing to do this, whereas face-to-face communication requires a speedier thought process.
Therefore, when it comes to weightier or more complex communication of ideas the written form can allow me to talk to another in a way that more accurately reflects how I think or feel.
3. The enjoyment of ‘playing with words’. I don’t know if others can relate to this, but I actually find pleasure in taking time to write as well as I can.
I like to ‘play around’ with sentence structure and form. Writing and rewriting something so that it’s the best it can be is something I find satisfying. Perhaps that’s the joy of the writer?
4. Forum to be honest . Whether you are writing for yourself, or to communicate with another, it is easier to be honest in the written word. I find this is because firstly, as mentioned there is time to allow for accurate representation of thoughts and feelings.
Secondly, there is no audience present where one watches non-verbals and reactions and therefore with writing, there is less self-censorship naturally.
If it is something that is personal, like breaking up with someone, I don’t criticise people who don’t do this, but for me anyway, I feel yes, a letter could be an adjunct, but I do believe a person deserves face-to-face communication. (I would be interested about what other writers felt about this?)
5. As a useful tool for many other every-day processes. This might sound bizarre to some, but I pray on paper for example! I organise the following day on paper, write down ideas for Christmas, writing ideas, shopping lists, budgeting, goals, resolutions, what I learn from books (I write summaries for future reference).
The written-form is as old as when man wrote on stone tablets and in caves – to me writing is indispensable, rewarding, a great organisational tool, a creative outlet, a communication form, a tool for self-discovery.
A final thought: there are lovely journals, and those ‘special pens’ (for each writer it’s different) that can be a wonderful gift to oneself for writers – and with writing being such a wonderful and important part of our lives, why not treat yourself to, say a lovely journal?!!