50 Reasons to Write... Anything
Being a freelance writer (or journalist, novelist, blogger, etc.) is relatively easy these days, as creative outlets and writing avenues are at an all-time high.
Anyone can write, right? Yes! Most blogs and writing sites are set up in a way that anyone can easily create a page/profile and write. Everyone has an opinion and a passion, and whether that can clearly and concisely be transformed into words on paper (or the screen) is beside the point. Whether you want to journal or blog, write a book or manuscript, or want to write letters, just go for it!
Need a bit more incentive? Here are 50 reasons to put a pen in your hand, silence the world around you, and transform yourself.
1. No one can interrupt you as one could while conversing. You can complete your thoughts without influence.
2. Just like playing barbies as a little girl, you can make two "people" kiss, get married, have a family, and live happily ever after.
3. Everything has been said before, right? Well, not by you!
4. You can write anywhere... at home, the library, in the car, at a coffee shop, at the mall, while on vacation, etc. Not only does this help with creativity, but with relaxation. Who else can do their job or passion almost anywhere?
5. You can bring people back from the dead.
6. You can have super powers, or create super heroes.
7. No one has to know. You can write privately, without having to tell anyone your thoughts and feelings.
8. You can drop 10 (or 20 or 30) pounds instantly. Creativity is an extraordinary characteristic of writers.
9. You can legally kill someone (not literally, duh).
10. Meditation is proven to be good for the mind, body, and soul. Thinking about writing (the approach, the topic, etc.) is a form of meditation for me. Being reflective and quiet are wonderful ways to open the mind and get the creative juices flowing.
11. You can travel through time and space!
12. Therapy is too expensive. Writing a letter to or story or poem about a past experience or a family member or person can help promote healing.
13. Money. You may not make much - if anything - or may become a famous novelist. Either way, there are countless opportunities for writers of all styles and genres. If nothing else, it cultivates a sense of pride!
14. Exercise. Not necessarily for the whole body, but definitely for the mind. Writing allows you to learn about yourself, as well as the world around you. Researching for writing is typical, and helps broaden horizons.
15. You can change history... figuratively.
16. You can change the future! Through writing, you may end up causing a ripple in time. Your work may inspire change. Who knows?!
17. Share the love. Writing your own greeting card or letter to a friend or family member is highly satisfying, inexpensive, and can help strengthen relationships.
18. Venting. Keeping a journal or a blog allows one to get off their chest the trials and tribulations of life. Let it out!
19. You can name your characters anything that you want. Have you always dreamt of naming your child "Lace" or calling yourself "Flash"? Now is your chance! Be as wild as you want.
20. Help people. Some people help others with their actions - by volunteering, giving a hug, or giving something like money or clothing. Others, though, help by offering prayers, guidance, or an ear for listening. Writers have the distinct capability of helping people whom they will never (more than likely) meet or know.
21. Find yourself. Through journaling and other writing avenues, one travels a path of/to self discovery. What do you write about most, and how is it reflective of you? Do you have a strong passion for a particularly interest or topic? Do you reveal yourself through your writing?
22. Writing can be used as a reminder. Compiling lists helps you to remember things more easily, such as what groceries to buy, or goals for the upcoming year.
23. Develop a sense of humility. Writers will always have critics, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Having people respond to your writing - whether positively or negatively - leads to humility, #21, and can help better your writing.
24. Become more organized. Writing helps to not only organize your thoughts, but your time as well, as that can transcend into organizing other aspects of your life.
25. Create a legacy, and leave something behind.
26. Improve your spelling and grammar skills.
27. Get promoted. Writing an essay on "how to build morale", a fantastic review, or something else relative to work may just help you get ahead. If nothing else, add it to your resume!
28. Writers usually are self-employed, meaning that they answer to no one. How nice is that!?
29. Explore your fantasies.
30. Re-invent yourself. Find your niche and roll with it. You may just become so impassioned that you quickly find yourself an expert on a particular subject. Which...
31. Build(s) confidence.
32. Freedom. As with #4 and #28, writers (usually) are able to choose what, when, and how to write.
33. Improve (maybe even change) your perception. You will more than likely become more aware of details, such as how things appeal to the senses (touch, taste, etc.), as well as your emotional response to your surroundings.
34. Invent. As a writer, what you can create, say, and do with your writing is limitless. Do you want to create a character never before seen, or a planet or a cure for a disease? Writers have the ability to make magic.
35. Learn how. By simply getting started, you can discover how to write a book, blog, journal, novel, article, review, etc.
36. You can create a new language, race, or creature.
37. You can make your own rules and laws.
38. Spark a debate. Through writing, you can create controversy and conversation.
39. The challenge. Writing can be very invigorating, but also challenging. If you think that you cannot write, prove yourself wrong.
40. Give back. Put on paper your thankfulness for your parents or spouse, write a letter to a helpful doctor or your child's teacher. Using words to give back is powerful and permanent. Meaning, it can be read over and over again by the recipient, and who would not like that?
41. Put forth whatever amount of effort you choose to. You can write for hours a day, or hours a year. You can pour your heart and soul into writing, or give it little-to-no energy.
42. Stay in your pajamas! You can get comfortable and not worry about your attire, your hair, or having to put gas in the car. All that you need is a pen and paper... simple as that.
43. You can share secrets without sharing secrets. You can create a pyromaniac or kleptomaniac character reflective of yourself, and no one would even know!
44. Community and friends. There are many online writing communities and local writing groups that you could join.
45. Poetry is highly subjective. No matter what your poem is about, no one can tell you that it is awful!
46. Get revenge. Do you still ache about being stood-up for the senior prom? Write a story about the one-legged clown with irritable bowel syndrome, and name it after the person that brought on your teenage angst.
47. Impress people. Have a high school reunion coming up or are you starting a new "mommy and me" group? Why not initiate a conversation with "I am a writer". You will instantly become the most intriguing person in the room.
48. Imaginary friends are finally acceptable. Gone are the days of looking crazy for talking to an invisible pal. Pour your "Harvey" a glass of wine and get to know each other a bit better (but, please, do it on paper).
49. "Smoking is not the coolest way to die". So, what is? You get to decide! Does your lead plunge into shark infested waters with a paper cut on his pinkie, or does the damsel choke on an orange? Kill with creativity.
50. Writers are sexy. For centuries, writers have stereotypically been cool, dark, and mysterious. We still are, but some of us may wear thick glasses and skinny jeans. Still, we writers are a brood of pure sexiness. Join us!
To write or not to write?
Grab a pen and a piece of paper, and see what happens. Where does your mind go, and what is transcribed into words?
Writing is therapeutic, fun, and rewarding in so many ways. Give it a go, and see where it takes you!
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