I’ll go out and say this right now that I have a huge bias towards writing frequently. As a writer for several years, I can say that my writing has grown a lot, but has also helped me out emotionally as well.
I would be nothing without my growing writing skill.
Which is why, instead of making this an entire piece of me gushing about writing, I want to talk about some of the many benefits of writing in general.
Barring of course the ones I mentioned above.
That way I’m still talking about writing, but less on myself and how it’s changed me.
Writing Is An Experience
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” — Anaïs Nin
Every person writes for a different reason.
Some for fame.
Some for recognition.
Others for the sake of writing.
But it’s these kind of experiences that I find push people into writing more and more over time.
An author creates a book to share with the world and that in of itself is an adventure.
Look at the story of J.K. Rowling and all the other large authors of our times and before. They had an experience writing those pieces of art.
The same can be said for writing but a single article, a short story, or a poem.
It’s an experience that prompts us to look at situations in our lives. In those moments we analyze them and discover more about ourselves.
Even in a non-fiction world we can easily place ourselves into the moment and write with clarity about that’s going on.
This only helps in understanding ourselves and our passions and interests.
Writing Reveals Truths
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison
This can be difficult to relate to if you’ve never written extensively, however if you have, surely you’ve experienced some vast revelations upon writing. I know for myself I have, and it’s always a thrilling and pleasant surprise to reveal them.
The reason this happens is I believe that when we write, we are putting our minds to paper.
Every action that we take when it comes to writing moves from our brain to paper.
In many of these cases it is our true self that is talking, and for some it could be an extension of themselves.
Regardless, this experience can help in revealing ourselves and add yet another layer to our understanding of ourselves.
Writing Can Change You
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank
Writing is indeed a powerful force.
It can make a lawyer leave their day job because they wrote a best-seller novel and could afford to leave their old life behind.
All the same it can bring a mother living off of well-fare to being successful and writing a large series of books.
But writing isn’t about the money though.
It’s about the transformation inside rather than the external things that happen as a result of writing.
Through writing we can change our perspectives and grow ourselves in ways we never could’ve anticipated.
This is what writing is truly about.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you all to take up some writing.
It doesn’t have to be the extent of what I am writing, but commit to the act all the same.
Write about the things you are grateful for, what good things happened to you today. Or write down your thoughts just to see how you think and approach the situation.
You won’t regret writing.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 32 of 91 of this series.
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