Why do we write?

It’s been some time since I’ve committed to writing again and the benefits of starting each day achieving this small goal are profound. It’s the first thing I do with coffee in hand pre-sunrise. Today I sit in my office listening to the rain falling softly outside thinking about how pleased I am that the garden is getting a good soak and I’ll save on watering all of our newly planted veggies.

The plan to recommence writing after a long break was to achieve my goal of publishing a short book aimed at helping those left behind after a loved one had died. It’s been on my mind for a few years now and may still come to fruition. But as the old proverb says, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And after 10 days of consecutive writing again, I haven’t touched back on the subject. It’s actually quite a relief as the heaviness of the topic often leaves me drained. It’s a positive shift for me mentally that I no longer feel the need to process the emotions on the page rather can observe them and write something from the heart on a different topic.

That’s definitely one thing I dearly love about writing; that you don’t know what will appear on the page each day. Since picking up the pen again I have toyed with a new children’s book collaborating with my 3 year old, an interview series, and a book of motivational quotes and excerpts for entrepreneurs. Nothing overly original but moving away from the self-help book of grief which continued to bubble away.

Writing provides you with mental space to start each day, clearing your thoughts and creating something small to celebrate. It’s only recently that I have started to publish my writing on WordPress and the feedback is very encouraging. I recommend sharing your thoughts. I have countless journals all carefully packed away in storage which I am unsure what to do with. Rarely do I revisit them, usually only when moving house do I spend a few hours trawling through those entries. It’s been suggested that I have a ‘ceremonial burn’ of each one, a cleansing of sorts of the past reminding me to live in the present. I can’t imagine anyone would be too interested in my early adulthood ramblings about the passionate meetings, lost loves and struggles which I regularly penned.

There are so many benefits to writing and committing to 500 words a day, once in a flow state, is very achievable. It’s rare that I have to stop and think about the next sentence. Courses such as Jeff Goins 500 words 30-day challenge are excellent motivation as you wake each day to find a prompt in your inbox. ‘Morning Pages’, by Julia Cameron also highly recommended are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. I discovered this book in my early twenties and her guidance is equally relevant today. For me, writing is most importantly an essential spiritual connection to self and the voyage beneath the surface of everyday life.

2 Comments

  1. I love writing not only because of it being a creative outlet, but because I also learn more about myself every time I sit down and write.

    I learn what keeps me going through tough times, and I learn how to push myself into doing something I don’t want to do, because let’s face it, it’s a tough thing to do on most days.

    Thanks for this post, Jessica!

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    1. Such a good point Stuart, you really do learn a lot about yourself especially on those you don’t feel motivated to write. I find those days are often the best once you finish!

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