Today is National Writing Day and what better way to celebrate it than to write! Makes sense to me! 🙂
Why do I write? Let me count the the ways…..
- to allow myself to sleep at night. Some of these blogs have an awful lot of emotion in them. There are some days were I’m literally pacing around, trying to calm myself. Writing does just that. My wife says I say too much. I say, if the emotion needs to be let out, let it out.
- To clean my brain. Again, my wife says I’m going to get in trouble. Me? I doubt it. I’ve never gotten myself in trouble for what I’ve written, but I’ve felt a better because of it. I’ve only had one administrator ask me to change something and it wasn’t even that big of a deal. But I write not only to purge the emotion, but to allow all those ideas in my brain a place to land.
- To feel like an extrovert. I don’t talk much outside of my house. My introvert tendencies kick up when leave, even more when I go to something like a staff meeting or something of the sort. I write to allow the words in my head a place go. Whether it’s something silly or something serious, we need that place to just dump our thoughts. My blog allows me to do just that!
- To refine my craft. Even though I’m a social studies teacher, I teach writing. What better way to show my students what I mean by something than to bring up my own writing. We talk about how no writing is truly done, how proofreading is a must, and how sometimes, you write something and it’s just crap. You delete it and try again.
- To reflect on my life. I’ve always had issues with concentration and writing makes this concentration easier. My thoughts are more managed when I write, my questions are more thoughtful, and my verbal words come more easily when I write. After my stroke, writing about it, heck, just writing helped more than I would have expected.
- And finally, I write to just be me. I’ve said before, my friends are few and far between. There some days were it feels like me and my blog could sit down together and have a beer. I’m sure it would have something to say about my posts, but yet, it would be interesting sit down with all those memories.
I’m sure I could come up with more reasons, but there’s a pretty good start right there. In March, I write for 30 days and that’s a great exercise in being persistent with a little bit of fun on top. Otherwise, I just love to write. I’ll never be famous or make money off this stuff, but I think the stories that I tell and the emotions I convey are good enough.
Why do you write? What brings you to your blog time and time again? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your story! 🙂