Top 5 Reasons To Write
I’m going to start out with a HUGE thank you. One of the things I love about being an author is meeting people. So starting this blog is my way of opening the curtains into my world and sharing it with you.
I started writing when my husband and I lived in Sacramento. I was an English teacher and had this overwhelming compulsion to write.
Top 5 Reasons To Write:
- Because you have a story to tell. I doubt there’s an author out there who hasn’t heard from at least one person, “Oh, I want to write a book!” But sadly, many people don’t follow through. Why? Because it’s hard work. Because it takes time. Because we judge ourselves and/or our writing harshly. Don’t be afraid of doing the work. Or to learn new skills. Put your words onto paper. Don’t judge yourself. Just share your story. There’s always time to revise!
- Writing is a fantastic way to express yourself! Have you held things in that have bothered you? Do you have a secret that you haven’t been able to share? Turn it into fiction!!! Write a poem, a short story, or a novel.
- If you don’t write, you don’t feel whole. Have you ever felt there was something missing in your life, like you were walking around with a giant hole? For me, writing fills that hole. It’s what helps to make me feel complete. So sit down and write and ask yourself, “Do I feel better?” If so, pay attention. Don’t deny yourself that gift.
- A critical creative outlet. We live in a society where kids are learn material for tests. Funding has been cut for creative outlets and I’ve heard from English teachers that they have very little leeway to provide opportunities for creative writing because certain material must be covered in order to pass mandated testing. But everyone needs a creative outlet, whether it’s art, dance, music, cooking, woodworking, gardening, or writing. How often do we nurture that side? But if we recognize that it’s critical to our well-being, then it’s important to take the time to do it!Plus, you get to make some really horrible things happen to people and never shed blood. 🙂 Oh, and that mean person who hurt you? There’s your inspiration for a character!
- For you. First and foremost for you. So, you want to get published? That should not be the a primary reason to write. Why? Because it’s not easy. Whether you go the traditional route and get an agent who sells your work to a publisher or if you choose to self-publish, it’s work. So write your story FOR YOU. It should be something that you’re proud of. Something you love and are excited to share with others after it’s been polished. It takes a network to get a book out, but it always starts with you. If you’re not doing this for you, it’ll be difficult to be happy. Why? Because it’s impossible to please everyone. Some people will love your stories. Others will not. But when you write for you, the sense of joy and accomplishment comes from within.So, I hope you’ll get out there and write! And if you have a different reason, please share. I’d love to hear from you!