Why I Write

“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn” – Anne Frank

For the last week or so running through my head as a starting of a post was the subject Why I Write.  I decided today was the day I was going to try and sit down and express the many reasons I like the written word and why I take such great joy in writing it.

I’ve always been the quiet one in the corner, quietly observing all around me.  I pick up on things more than most others and note it and bank it away in my head.  I was even held back in kindergarten because I supposedly only really talked to the teacher, but my first best friend was from that class so I must have talked some and put myself out there some.  I don’t regret getting held back then though, I think it did help, no matter how little.

I’ve also always had a love of books.  I have collected them and read them as long as I can remember.  I have also always had some kind of journal for as long as I remember.  First I had this little hard bound diary book, I liked it but I found I loved the big spiral notebooks more for it cause I could rattle on and on and not be stopped.  I, in fact, have all my old journals stored in my trunk and giggle and kind of get embarrassed of all the things I wrote down. I treasure though that I still have them all.  I also still have a huge portion of the notes I wrote, because it was the best way I communicated at first with people.

In fact I started to write a couple story/books while in middle school.  I gave the one I was writing at the time to my Modern Lit teacher and she really liked it and where I was going with it.  I never touched it after that, but it gave me quite a bit of pride knowing she liked it and thought it was an excellent start to something. The stories are still sitting in that trunk I speak of.  My fall back has been not grasping grammar, grammar, and I have never gotten along no matter how many classes I have taken.  Where should the semicolon go, where should this go, and what about this?  UGH, its basically what stopped me from really going for writing as a job.  Yet now I do get paid for what I write in various forms, and I am so grateful for that.

Being quiet as I am in person, I was thrilled when the internet came along, and I was able to meet so many others and speak when I didn’t feel like speaking in person.  It helped me grow and meet so many people, including my husband.

I write because I am quiet in person.  I write because I am express myself better in that form then in the spoken form.  I write to meet people.  I write to get my ideas out there.  I write to connect.  I write because I love it.  I write to bare my soul for others to get to know me.  I write to grow.

Why do you write?

“Writing is the only thing, that, when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else” – Gloria Steinem

  • satrntgr

    I need some of your creativity for writing!! Got to check out the rest of the “Why I Write” tips!! Great post!! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks. Sometimes decent things come out my little head πŸ˜‰ lol

  • Nanette @ A Mom Blog

    Love this post and the way you wrote it – so honest, so open! I write for many of the same reasons and like you I too am pretty shy and quiet in person but I don’t have to be when I write.

    • I know, its so freeing to “talk” so much online compared to how I would in person.

  • scentednights2002

    I’m not honestly sure. It’s fun. I like sharing.it’s motivating. It’s just what I do πŸ™‚

  • I love that quote by Gloria Steinem!

    • It took me quite awhile to find the right quotes to go with this post πŸ™‚

  • rajean

    I love and relate to your last line!

  • tara pittman

    I write to help others learn about new things. Also to remember special things

    • To remember is an excellent point of it all too. Along with the pictures I love taking, it all tells the story!

  • Crissy Beam

    I love to write! I feel like you learn so much about yourself through your writing! Of course I also like to read πŸ˜‰

    • Oh yes, its amazes the things you learn just by typing out things! Love it!

  • Thank you for sharing your why. I started writing as a means to grow my business, but found the creativity of writing has stretched me and taken me down roads I would have never dreamed I’d be on. Blogging and Bloggers by and large are a wonderful giving tribe and I’m happy to be a part of it!

    • I totally agree bloggers can be like one big family!

  • Linda Kinsman

    Thank you for sharing your why. I started writing as a means to grow my business, but found the creativity of writing has stretched me and taken me down roads I would have never dreamed I’d be on. Blogging and Bloggers by and large are a wonderful giving tribe and I’m happy to be a part of it!

  • Crissy Beam

    I love to write! I feel like you learn so much about yourself through your writing! Of course I also like to read πŸ˜‰

  • tara pittman

    I write to help others learn about new things. Also to remember special things

  • rajean

    I love and relate to your last line!

  • I love that quote by Gloria Steinem!

  • And being just what you do is perfectly good!

  • scentednights2002

    I’m not honestly sure. It’s fun. I like sharing.it’s motivating. It’s just what I do πŸ™‚

  • Nanette @ A Mom Blog

    Love this post and the way you wrote it – so honest, so open! I write for many of the same reasons and like you I too am pretty shy and quiet in person but I don’t have to be when I write.

  • satrntgr

    I need some of your creativity for writing!! Got to check out the rest of the “Why I Write” tips!! Great post!! πŸ™‚