Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved writing. You’ve probably heard the story before. I know there are many out there like me who have found their calling in writing. I love being a part of the writing community, and one of my favorite things is hearing about the reasons people write. Today, I thought I would share mine.
I write because that is how I express myself the best.
Ever since I was young, it has always been my first instinct to bottle up my feelings when I’m upset. I have never liked others to see when I am upset, and my worst nightmare is shedding tears in public. Yes, I have always tucked away my feelings. But not when I am writing. For as long as I can remember, writing has been my outlet: the place where I let everything out. It is the way that I feel most comfortable expressing how I truly feel. Even as I’ve grown older and gotten better at talking to people when I’m struggling with something, I can still articulate myself best on a blank page, whether it be virtual or physical. Sometimes, even I don’t fully understand how I’m feeling until I write it out. Writing is my therapy.
I write because it makes me feel free.
There is something incredible about the blankness of a page right before you put words on it. In that moment, the world is yours. Anything is possible. The world is literally what you make it. After all, you are the writer. There is great freedom in being able to come up with a world, place characters in it, and see what happens. I have always loved coming up with characters and seeing what directions they take me in. Confession: I hardly ever know how a story will end when I start it. The best stories, at least that I have written, have always come out of letting the story discover itself.
I write because I want others to know that they aren’t alone.
The world can feel like a lonely place sometimes. I know. If I can make even a tiny difference in someone’s day, I will be happy. I have always written with the hope that maybe someone somewhere will get something from my writing, even if it is just a little bit of entertainment to get them through their day.
I write because it is a part of me.
Honestly, writing isn’t just something I enjoy. It’s a part of my being so deeply ingrained that it is inseparable from the term “me.” Writing and I are a package deal. I feel the most like myself when I am writing. Without it, I wouldn’t be me.