Why Do I Write?
Start writing a post
Hobbies

Why Do I Write?

Is there one clear cut reason for what we do?

20
Why Do I Write?

At first glance this can be viewed as three different approaches: I have run out of ideas, I am getting lazy or I am trying to convince people about the glories of writing. How many people guessed none of the above? Whenever I write an article there is never one clear cut reason for choosing a topic or a side I initially want to focus on.

My articles are different each time and I look for a way to keep these ideas fresh but also different. My life has changed and something that many people might not know about me is that I used to despise writing. I struggled with getting my ideas on paper, wording them in a specific way and staying on topic. To think that was how I felt four years ago still leaves me in disbelief.

What changed? What flipped the switch that made me love writing? I saw writing as a way to express myself. Not through poetry, music or even through videos, I aimed to make each story I wrote just exactly that: a story. A way to tell people about a certain point in life and how it can get better or how it can be overcome. I wanted to provide advice and ideas to people just like people had done for me.

I always loved writing narrative essays and always found ways to create stories that could be fun and make people smile. Looking back on that experience I realized I wanted to take my talent of making people laugh or smile and create a serious approach. My emotions run wild sometimes and writing has allowed me not only to keep them in check but to also find a way to discuss something important to me.

I used to think that because I was experiencing something that nobody else would understand me but I was wrong. Everyone has dealt with heartbreak, disappointment, rejection and moments they don't want to discuss. This inspired me to become someone who is not afraid to reflect on what has happened in their life. Growing up I was afraid that what I did would be viewed as different and I would be an outsider. I can look at that idea now and embrace my differences and ideas. It takes confidence and courage to discuss things personal and important to you and you should not let others get in the way of what you want to do.

When I write I can say things I might be afraid to say among others. That does not necessarily mean I can say goofy things or make up a language, it does mean that I can create an idea with my words that I was unsure about at a different time. Writing gave me confidence and it allowed me to focus on situations I was unsure of how to handle. Writing let me figure out who I was and who I wanted to be. It helped me figure out my life. It allowed me to create a purpose for others and grow along with that purpose.

There is no specific reason I choose to write or why I move from articles about sports to articles about heartbreak. I write because I want to be a voice people can look to and someone who can tell the stories some people may not want to tell. People write about events and how they overcome them and that's what I want to focus on. Maybe that is the reason I write so I can say things that other people were afraid to say. Everyone has a story and whether we know it or not it could be similar to our story as well.

From Your Site Articles
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?

The Girlfriend's Guide to College

2416
Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?
https://pixabay.com/photos/college-students-diploma-graduate-3990783/

Up until last week, I always had a major. I was an international business major, finance major, psych major on the pre-medicine track… and now (finally) I am exactly where I should have been when I started college: undecided. I think there is too much pressure as a high school student to have a designated path about what you want to study, be when you 'grow up' and essentially spend the rest of your life doing. As an 18-year-old, I really feel like I tried to pin myself down to a major so that I had a set path to follow and something to look towards. This is probably very conventional and I know tons of people at school who have their minds made up about what they want to study.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Life Is Messy

Finding who you are in your 20s

2549
Life Is Messy
https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

I am 25 years old and just now learning who I am. When I separated from my husband I was terrified of what would follow. I did not know who I was outside of a relationship, nor did I know how to be on my own. It was scary, and I was so lost. I spent months discovering who I was, and what I wanted to be. I am still searching as I believe we never truly know who we are even when we "grow up". I came to the realization that I had been hiding a part of myself for my entire life. Coming out was not easy, growing up in the church made it scary, and hard. I was told growing up that being anything but straight was such a sin, and that i would spent my life in hell because of it. I came out to my parents when I was 25 years old. I picked up the phone and called my mom, and uttered the words "I'm queer" through tears. I knew my parents would be supportive, but that didn't make it any easier for me to vulnerable and raw. Since then, I have slowly started being more authentic in who I am, and not hide parts of me just because of people's shitty opinions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

41205
Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

10952
Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

11885
Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments