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The Joy Of Writing

February 21, 2011

Writing is used for so many different reasons in life. A person can write to express themselves in creative ways. Or to vent their everyday frustrations and anger within negative situations. And writing is a tool that therapists often use, as a therapeutic means for healing, with their patients. Also, writing can be used to protest wrongs within society. Or to cheer up a friend or make someone smile.

There are plenty of ways of writing too. There’s the traditional way, of pen to paper, of scribbling in a notebook or journal. Also “snail-mail”, handwritten letters sent back and forth between friends, relatives, or lovers. In the electronic age, there are emails and cellphone texting. There are forums and social networking sites, where people are writing up a storm to each other in posts. And of course there is blogging, one person expressing there likes and dislikes (or whatever), much like this site. ;-)

There are also books being published and magazine articles being written, in the professional world of writing, everyday.

No matter how or on what form of media a person choose to write, there are billions of people writing everyday. And the reasons for why people choose to write are many. Sometimes the reasons are common, but sometimes not.

My reasons for writing is simple… I have been writing, since the age of nine, when my fourth grade teacher first showed me how to put my words onto paper. I’ve told this story a million times, whenever a person asks, “Why do you write so much?” All I can answer is, I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, I loved it and never stopped loving it, so I continue to do it. It’s a part of me. I have no grand aspirations for it, other than to enjoy grabbing my thoughts and imagination from my head, and splattering them into black and white. It makes me happy and it’s a nice hobby of mine. ;-)

I never wanted to grow up and be a writer, to be honest. Writing has always been something that I enjoy doing, but I had no desire to make into a profession. I wanted (and still wish it) to be an FBI Agent, working in the division of bringing lost and missing children back home to their families. That was the professional career that I’ve always wanted, to work in law enforcement to protect children. But my life didn’t quite work out in that way…

Still, my writing is my solace and my way to express myself. I am “opinionated” and a lot of times people don’t listen to me in person, talking right over me, ignore what I have to say. I write so that my thoughts and ideas are not lost to me. I sometimes come back to this blog, to read over what I had written any given day, to hear myself within the roaring sea of my life. I don’t write for an audience, to gain fame or popularity, or to please the masses. I write for me and maybe to make my friends and family laugh. I can be a ham, if I know they’re reading! Hi, mom! ;-)

I have added this blog to a FaceBook page, not to gain more readers. In fact, I almost backed out of making that page and if I get a bit overwhelmed by traffic, I can tear it down whenever I wish to. I had realized that even though I write this blog for me, me, and me, many others have been visiting for a while now. These are strangers from all over the world and all over the US, as my blog stats reports have it. They are respectful and silent, reading and returning to read, not leaving a comment or making a big deal out of my random posts. Which I appreciate! Loud noises and sudden movements tend to startle this squirrel. :-o

But, I realized that I couldn’t keep this site hidden for long. And the more I try to, the more popular it may become, like a underground cult following of some sort. So, I might as well put it out there a little and make it a little less special! :-p

HOWEVER, I’m still writing this blog for me only. I’m not going to hire proof-readers, change up my usual randomness, or writing patterns to suit an audience. My posts will continue to have some bad grammar slips and stay on my usual rantings, thoughts, and ideas as always. But, the frequency will have to change a bit. Last season, I had a habit of posting here Monday-Friday. And I thought about going back to doing that, come spring, but no.  Even when my muse (my best friend) comes back, I simply won’t have the time to spend writing in my blog as much, because I’m trying to get my life into shape. I’m not getting any younger and I can’t be a slacker forever. So, for some weeks, I may go on a writing binge of Monday-Friday posts. And for some weeks, there may be only one or two posts. Or no posts for a few weeks. It depends on my mood or what exactly I feel compelled to share, at any given moment. So, this blog itself will be randomly written. ;-)

But back to my first point, writing can be a lot healing and self-satisfying. And there is only a few wrong ways of using this tool. It’s important to remember that line from the movie “The Social Network”… That when you write on the internet, what you write is in pen, not pencil. You can’t erase what you’ve expressed and it’s stuck out there for good. So, I try to make sure that what I write is something that I don’t mean or something that I’ll regret later. The opinions expressed here are my true ones and not subject to change.

And if I do change my mind on something, I’ll be sure to post that. But… don’t hold your breath. ;-)

-D

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3 comments

  1. “I have no grand aspirations for it, other than to enjoy grabbing my thoughts and imagination from my head, and splattering them into black and white.”
    You speak my mind! I know exactly what you’re talking about, and I’m with you all the way.
    Thanks for sharing.


    • No problem! And thanks for reading. :-)


  2. It’s pretty much why I blog and moreover I agree your writing style should be above all else what you feel comfortable with so long as what you have to say makes sense as a sentence so others can resd the full import.
    Regards Caroline



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