Why Write?

Some people write because they want to share ideas or tell a store, while others write for therapeutic reasons, most people write for a combination of reasons.

Taking some time to figure out why you write may help you write better, but don’t let not knowing stop you. In the beginning, it only matters you write often. Writing is a journey to the depths of our innermost true self. The relationship a writer has with their work should be a very personal one. Write from a place is authentic, scary, personal, and intimidating to you. Don't let inhibitions or beliefs get in your way. Question your beliefs.

You don’t have to share anything you write. Giving yourself privacy to express feelings and ideas, free the most private areas of your mind. Give yourself permission to write junk. It opens work to ideas, ideals, and even language we normally would not share publicly. When you write something private, what you write and how you write is different. It is a safe place of intimate knowledge, authentic, raw, and pure.

A successful writer figures out how to use a mix of their weak and strong skill. Everyone learns as they go. You just have to start. You get stronger with practice. When looking at a successful writer, remember every writer starts on their journey at the beginning. No matter how good you are, no one writes a perfect first draft. All writing is rewriting, stories are not born without labor and a gestation period of growth.

There is no one correct method to write or magic formula. Writing doesn't have to be structured, typed on a computer, in a notebook, or even on paper. When inspiration hits, often there is no time to capture a fleeting thought in a specific way. I’ve written on my arm, napkins, receipts, dictated to my phone.

Each writer has to find their own way, but it doesn't mean they have to take every step on their own. Everyone gets stuck at some point. The key is to never give up or stop growing. Find or build a community of people and support each other. Have writing partners. I first learned about this idea from Natalie Goldberg in  her book, "Writing Down the Bones." I have both built a small community on my own, and currently, participate as an organizer for Shut Up and Write.


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