What refrains a person from getting into writing? What will draw one to get into the habit?
Some writers write to earn a living. Some write as a hobby while some, write to express their inner self. Generally, writing is something not many people enjoy doing. It could be laborious as you need to exert much effort into it than in reading books or watching movies. It could also be a talent or skill not many people believe they have, thus, refraining them to get into the habit.
As for me, I’m not an expert in this field and not even close to one, but I do find pleasure when I put my thoughts into writing. It is something I had enjoyed and would like to enjoy doing for as long as I could. Yet, like other people, there have been so many times when I experience how daunting and frustrating writing can be –for instance, when I couldn’t finish an article or an essay because my ideas are all over the place, or because I am lost for words. Yet I find myself wanting to keep writing more and more.
If someone who dislike writing or even the thought of it ask why he or she should do so, Julia Cameron, author of Right to write, has a good response for it. According to Cameron, “We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance as well… We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write, above all, because we are writers whether we call ourselves writer or not.”
Grueling as it may seem, I believe everybody should get into the writing habit. Yes, there are many reasons that can inhibit one from trying, but there are also many reasons to start and keep going.
As for me, I write because I consider writing as follows.
An outlet to healing. Dr. James N. Pennebaker, an American psychologist and pioneer of writing therapy, says, “Emotional upheavals touch every part of our lives, and when people are given the opportunity to write about them, they often experience improved health.” We all need an outlet, and writing is an outlet. Whenever we are experiencing emotions such as joy, anger, bliss, sorrow, anguish and so on, ordinarily, we felt the need to express them. It will be very hard to confine them especially when the emotions you have to contain are all negative. They are like diseases ignored or left untreated, and suppressing them can definitely take its toll in our health. Yet chances are, people dear to us won’t always be available to listen to all our stories, or to our life’s dramas because whether we admit it or not, it could be exhausting for some to listen to our sentiments and devastations over and over. So when we are overwhelmed by the many things going on in our lives, we can vent out these emotions through writing. It can be our oxygen to let us breathe, or our medicine to ease our feeling and bring comfort to our heart, mind and spirit. It’s very much a healthy outlet so long as we don’t post them thoughtlessly on social medias. It can make us feel lighter and happier. At least, that’s how it affects me.
For these reasons, I believe that writing is certainly a healthy habit, an outlet, that everyone must include in their daily routine.
A portal to inner freedom. There would always be times when we feel all locked up in our self-made prison found in the midst of our cluttered thoughts, our distress, our busy and messy lives and so on. Times when even if we wanted to scream at the top of our lungs, we are voiceless because either we don’t know how to express them or we don’t feel like sharing all these things to anyone but to God and ourselves because it seems like it’s going to complicate things more. It could be stifling to be in such a state for it’s like torture at it’s finest. It’s not always easy to find an escape out. So when such moments come, one of the best things to do is to write those thoughts down. Whether we are to write about a love confession, an apology, our frustrations, our dreams, our fears and everything running inside our heads, do not hesitate and just write them down. Writing can be our tool to organize those thoughts and deal with our emotions. It can serve as a portal, a passageway for us to free ourselves from the things that are holding us captive, and we deserve that, we are entitled to that freedom. Hence, another reason to persuade you to get into the habit.
A ticket to exciting adventures. Perhaps many among you have experienced being totally engaged with a book, a short story, a movie script and even a poem you are reading. Times when you felt being a part of the work, as if the characters are all being played by you. Writing can give us such an experience. It’s like being given a ticket to an exciting adventure-ride reality doesn’t offer. C.S. Lewis said, “You can make any thing by writing,” and I very much concur with him. We could get lost in a world of fantasy or suspense or a world of romance or even tragedy where we can meet myriads of heroes, villains, and many more characters of different personalities and background. We could even travel back in time or to the future, or go to another planet or dimensions. Name every places because our imagination will be our only limit.
So why not start your own little adventure through writing?
Finally, a tool to change the world. I strongly believe that writing, indeed, is an instrument to give rise to epoch-making changes in the world. Throughout history, there have been many written works, poems, novels, journals, books and so on that have brought about significant changes in today’s world as well as made huge impact in the lives of many.
As one adage says, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” as it could make or break an entire world. Writing is a tool so powerful as one can imagine. Therefore, it should be used with great care. Anyone can write and can use this tool to bring about changes in one’s life or the world. Yet, each of us must be reminded of the responsibility along with it. Writing should be enjoyed yet it shouldn’t be utilised to ruin lives.
If you have gotten to the end of this post, I am hoping the aforementioned reasons have sparked even a tiny interest for writing in you, and may you start diving into the world of writing soon.