Recently, I was talking about my blog with some friends and one of them asked me “Oma, wait why do you write?, why are you even blogging?”. I responded with “writing feels like breathing, I just love blogging” because I saw that quote one time on one website. But hey, it actually feels like breathing!
I thought about that question throughout that day. The question just kept running through my mind. And I knew, I so knew my reply wasn’t enough. Like I could’ve said more than that! I had better things to say, why didn’t I? So, I picked up my pen and decided to make a detailed, sincere and maybe long list of why I actually write. Because even if ‘writing feels like breathing’, I believe there should be more reasons and it shouldn’t just stop at that.
I also made this list because of writer’s block. Lol, that’s right. Every writer’s ‘PENEMY’. Let me quickly explain what it means (in my own terms, apparently).
In most cases, this is a point where you can’t just think of anything to write. It’s like this ‘once upon a time, something happened, THE END’ (Shuts down laptop).
Sometimes, you feel a whole lot of emotional weight, it feels like your head is going to explode and then you pick up your pen to start writing, gradually it starts to look like you’re just writing shit. No, it’s not depression, it might just be that BIG block sitting right in your head. Other times, you have ideas alright but they sound whack to you or maybe you have thoughts swirling through your mind but you just lack motivation to write!
So, yes dear, that is writer’s BLOCK, wrapping it’s filthy little fingers around you and choking you REAL hard.
If you’re a writer and you haven’t experienced this yet, it either means you’re especially ‘gifted’ as a writer, that is you don’t struggle to come up with content and all that (please I want to touch the hem of your garment) OR…
Look, I don’t know honestly.
Writer’s block may not be this bad for some people but it’s worse for me. I can’t count how many times I thought of wrapping everything up and just deleting my blog since I started blogging.
I made this list so that when writer’s block comes, I can shield myself from it by going back to these reasons to remind myself of why I actually write and then after ruminating on it, I can ‘badass-ly’ flip my hair and say “Get behind me”.
I wasn’t confident that I could write, I just decided to.
I write because…
I just do, okay? I HAVE TO.
I write because I want to change the world.
And I want to do that with my words. WORDS GO A LONG WAY. Same words that can kill and crush a person’s soul can also heal. I feel each of my inspirational posts as wordy medicines to heal as many souls as it can out there.
I write because I have stories I need to tell.
I write to help people understand a topic easily and reduce the pain of exploring it on their own.
I want to have a voice.
Writing gives me a chance to put my voice out in the world. And guess what, I don’t have to face the crowd!
I write because I feel like my head and heart is going to explode with the hundreds of emotions and ideas running through it everyday.
As cliché as this one might sound…
I write because it is like an escape for me. After a long day at a job I don’t love, I am back to ‘my world’. Pen and paper. Me and my thoughts 😊
I write to express myself.
There was a blog post I published some time ago, after reading, one of my readers messaged me privately and was talking about how she’s been lowkey following my blog and how much my writing has pushed her and made her better.
Apart from being surprised, my heart did a couple of somersaults in my chest, it felt like that one time in highschool when my crush commented on my new shoes. A romance novel would call it ‘having butterflies’. I was like my words can actually move someone’s heart and mind? It meant WHAT I WROTE MATTERED! And I looooove to matter!
Which brings me to this reason…
I write because I love being proud of something I care so much about 🙂
I write to improve myself and improve others.
I understand that I’m a work in progress. And I have a lot of inner demons and bad habits I’m constantly battling with. As I work on myself and discover new ways to deal with them, I also share with others to help them through theirs too.
This has in every way made me a better person.
I write because I’ve been reading all my life.
I see what those authors I look up to do. I’ve seen the power of their words, how people’s lives turn around after reading their books. Well, I want to touch lives in that manner too!
I write because it is fun.
I can dance but I can’t dance enough to turn it to a profession, I can’t swim, I can’t draw, I can’t paint and oh my God, I CANNOT SING! But I can write! And it makes me happy. So I’m going to continue to do the one thing I ‘feel’ very very good at.
PS: note the word, ‘feel’. I might not be a good writer but it’s okay to feel to be one right? 😉
I believe writing is a beautiful gift. One no writer should toy with.
Are you a writer? Why do you write? Were you able to relate with my reasons above? Explore this question as you grow in your writing. I would love to read your reasons too!