Why A Writer Writes

Why A Writer Writes

A night of introspection into my passion.

Why do I write?

Last night I took the time to sit down and do some yearly reflection into my own personal life. I reflected on my first semester at college, I reflected on 2017 in general. But after all of that I took the time to ask myself a really important question. Why am I a Writer?

For a little context, I’ve been writing fiction and poetry for a little over eight years. Now, it is my major in College. As much as I love writing, many of the other classes I took and my own hobbies were pulling me in their direction. I wondered if writing was really the thing I wanted to do.

I never really took the time to ask myself this. It was a rather nerve-racking question to ask myself.

In the end, I filled up an entire page on why I write in a bulleted list. I would go through every single minuscule point on that list, but for now, I’ll give you a generalized version of my own journaling prompt.

Basically, I write because nothing has ever truly given me the purpose and the inspiration like writing. Writing has always been there for me when everything in the world seemed hard, it’s a way to escape it all or a way to sit down with what’s going on and dissect it like a mad scientist. I don’t think I could do anything else with my life besides writing. I was never good at math or science, and as much as I was asked as a kid, I never wanted to be a doctor like my father. In my eyes, this is the only thing I was ever really good at.

I love writing poetry. I love crafting art with the English language and telling it to people so that they will laugh or cry.

I love writing fiction. I love crafting my own worlds for myself to live in for a while. I love making things up as I go and becoming family to the characters in which I create.

But, in the end, writing is my best friend through it all. Whether it be sitting at my laptop for hours on end, crafting a story for the masses or writing poems in my journal in my favorite chair at home. Writing is the friend that I have gone to lean on time and time again.

If you are a creative writing major like me, or you’re just a writer. I ask that you take the time to sit down and ask yourself this same question. Grab your notebook and your favorite pen, turn to your next available page and write the question Why do I write? At the top of your page.

Then, you must dig deep, and list your reasons. Every single one no matter how little it sounds. List on that notebook page.

Once you’re finished, look it over again and again. But not just today — when you’re struggling for inspiration, when you’re having thoughts of quitting on your manuscript again or you just need a refresher. Look this over. Remember why you started writing in the first place. Add to the list as time goes on and make sure that this list is handy at all times. Why? Because everyone needs to remember why they started in the first place.

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A (very) Short Rambling on Why I Love How Weird Life Is

Life is strange. I think we all figured that out by now. It becomes more evident as we keep moving on though. For some people, the oddity of life is overwhelming. For me, it's what makes life so exciting. I like that sometimes I'll start the day eating yogurt and watching reruns of Parks and Recreation, and by the end of it, I'll be in the middle of Marshalls searching for a golden triceratops to give to my cousin for Christmas. I like that my weekends can be anything from random walks in the wood to unexpected visits to art galleries I didn't know existed. It's the random nature of it all, the lack of structure that is ultimately there as much as we try to plan. It's the way life forces spontaneity and surprise when I fight against it that makes it so exciting.

I think we sometimes forget to appreciate it. The crazy parts we didn't expect or didn't see coming are the ones we regale in stories later on. Those are the parts that stick out in our memory and remind us that life's curveballs are what make life so wild and incredible and worth living. Sometimes the curveballs aren't what we wanted, but sometimes, the eccentrics of the unexpected make for a life that's not as boring as you think it is. I guess the point of my ramblings is this, sit back, and embrace the weirdness of life instead of fight against it. It's the weird parts that make it great, not the parts we saw coming.

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The Hard Part Of Moving On

There’s always gonna be a mountain you have to climb, but never give up because there’s a great view at the top.

They say when you love something you have to let it go and in reality that’s one of the hardest things to do when you love someone. How are you suppose to sit back and watch the person you loved so much start to love someone new? They always say if it’s meant to be it will happen and that things will work out in the end but it’s the waiting game that is always the worst. Whether you know you could do better or you know that it’s time to move on, the thought of what if stays in the back of your mind.

You will have your bad days where memories flood your mind, the good ones, and the bad ones. Some of the memories so real you feel like you are right back in that moment and you have to snap back to the reality that they are no longer in your life. You’ll have random days where something hits you and you feel like crying again even though it’s been months since things ended.

You’ll wonder if they even really loved you like they said they did, because while you are still trying to convince yourself that it’s time to move on while they have already started to. You would think knowing they are already moving on would make it easier but in reality it doesn’t it just brings more questions into your mind. Why wasn’t I good enough? Why couldn’t we work it out? Why is it so easy for them to move on? You will have your "why can’t I move on" moments. You may even try to go on a few dates with new people, but somehow every time you just don’t get that little spark you want, the one you had with the person you were head over heels for.

You find yourself comparing everyone to them, you find yourself wondering if things could eventually work out and if you should just wait it out because good things take time right? Not everything about a break up has to be bad though, although you will have some days that are rough, it’s also a good time to take care of yourself. Learn things that make you happy, go out to eat by yourself, go adventure somewhere or even go shopping alone. Learn to live your life for you and create your own happiness.

Once you are content with your life and doing things on your own let everything else fall into place on its own. In the end things might not turn out the way you wanted, things might not work out with that person but that just means something better is out there for you, you go through everything in life for a reason and that failed relationship was just a stepping stone on your way to a life you’ve always dreamed of.

Hold your head high and learn to love yourself and always remember something good will come out of the struggles that you face. There’s always gonna be a mountain you have to climb, but never give up because there’s a great view at the top.

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