What is the purpose of writing?
I was up at 3 am this morning – partially because my 4 month old son needed his feeding, and partially because I couldn’t sleep. As I laid awake in my bed, all of these questions came to mind.
Why do we write? What is it all for? Why do people care about words? What does writing really mean to the world – if anything at all?
I then thought to myself, what causes people to move the ramblings of their imagination from their head, to paper, and then out into the world? We must somewhere inside feel that our words are going to make a difference, stir up controversy, or draw attention.
Out of the billions of thoughts that we have thought, only a small few have made it to the pages of our novels, our memoirs, posts, articles, and our letters. But why have any of those words at all, made it from the recesses of our mind out into the world?
I figured it’s like this – writing is the form that helps us add order to the chaotic character that we call “the human mind”. It’s the way in which we make sense of our thoughts and the way that we put our feelings into a form we can understand. We can’t fully understand the depths of our soul and pain until we examine ourselves. For some, that is done by crafting a story that shows all we are – projected onto someone else.
It’s a healing journey that allows you to see yourself in the form of another character. The stories that we write allow us to see all of our parts – and to make sense of them. Sometimes with judgment, and sometimes without.
Writing helps us highlight the monsters in our mind that need to be exorcised.
Writing is having something to say – and actually saying it.
Writing is the form we use to help us express the feelings behind our greatest moments of joy. Why? Because you want others who read your work to feel the same joy you have felt, or to at least remember a time when they felt the same way.
Writing is saying, this is my understanding of the world and the things around me. A way of saying, this is simply my perception of things.
Writing is having the courage to lay your heart on the line, and to face thousands of rejections because people don’t feel, act, and think like you do.
Writing helps show all of who you are – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s where you can confess your fears, bury the hatchet, tell your story, and release your pain.
Writing is where you can silence your inner critic – if only for a few moments, by writing something beautiful from the space of peace you have within.
Writing can heal the sick, comfort the lonely, and bring hope to the hopeless.
Writing is chicken soup for the soul
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