Boredom can sometimes lead us onto new exciting pathways. Writing started as a way to make use of my free time. I have learnt a lot by writing more often.
Words define us before we can actually define them.
Writing is a great way to express ideas into words. Writing is a tool and is art. We write more than we think we do via mails, text messages and letters we send at work. Words can inspire the world and help people to change their habits. It helps us to communicate to others and most importantly communicate to ourselves
1. Writing generates ideas
Write. Write and write. Got a problem, write it it down. Got a solution, write it down before you forget. The more you write, and empty the ink of your brain cells, the more you will force your mind to self-inspire itself to generate even better ideas. We somehow overlook the empowering effect that writing can have on us. Writing jibberish is a great way to end mind-blocks which writers notoriously fear.
2. Writing is your voice
We almost write in the tone of our souls, the accent of our thoughts and language of our understanding.
We can voice out our feelings, thoughts and emotions through writing, whether you are writing a novel or writing bits in your diary everyday. Writing is a great way to tell what you always wanted to. You the master of your content the way you write is tainted by your own personality. Writing for yourself could be the naked expression of your thoughts.
3. Writing makes you a writer
A writer writes and writing does exactly that to you (or at least you will feel like one). Good or bad, it does not really matter as long as it matters to you. Inking the paper with words daily will definitely make you a writer. The more you will write, the better you will hone your skills and define your language of your voice. Writing is hard work and unless you have “bum-glue” and no distraction around, no writing will be done.
4. Writing is an act of bravery
Never underestimate the power writing can have over your overall self-esteem or confidence. Writing allows you to showcase your beautiful mind to the world. Criticism forms part of writing and being able to learn from others’ constructive criticisms, is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, learn and see new perspectives. Writers often face the fear of rejection and at some point or the other, the fear vanishes because the passion and love of writing and sharing your work takes over.
Writing could be a source of income. Whether you could become a professional writer, journalist, or teacher. Want to make a lot of money? Write a best-selling book. I am not so sure about the success of your book but I can guarantee you that the process will transform you. Writing could be a way to make ends meet. Writing in magazines, editing works of others and writing speeches for politicians, you name it and there are more jobs which need some form of direct quality writing. Definitely you have to work hard for that to happen but it shall happen if you believe in your skills.
6. Writing is Art
I like to believe that writing is the act of trapping thoughts into words. Good writing is a skill which takes time to learn and master. Sophisticated vocabulary coupled with good grammar and flow of ideas defined the discipline of writing as we know it. We read more than we think we do everyday and good writing can inspire us, whether it is on a billboard or in a text message, writing could be used to express and release the deepest feelings and emotions of mankind.
7. Hand-writing is Art
Gone are the days novelist would sit at a table with pen and paper at hand. Our mobile phones and laptops are powerful enough to enable us type anywhere and jot down ideas. I still believe that writing with a pen or pencil is still the best way to express and explain your ideas to yourself. Our personality defines our handwriting and even our handwriting age with wrinkles, only time reveals. Writing with pen or pencil keeps ideas flowing and the process is almost like sketching during the design process. Make it a habit to take time to write neatly as you might never know which ideas shall be useful in the future or might fall into the abyss of “un-read-ability”. Calligraphy is a great tool to enhance your handwriting and no wonder it was seen as art back in the days before the printing press.
8. Writing will leave you reading for more
The more you write about a topic, the more you will have to research the topic. Whether magazine, books or articles on the internet, you will want to read more to understand better, to write the best you can. You will always try to analyse the style of your favorite authors and will want to read anything as long as you can perfect yourself.
9. Writing is a great way to make use of free time
Write in lunch breaks, before going to bed, when you wake up or are bored to death. Kill time by using your weapon of choice, pen or pencil, paired with the ammunition of your words. No there is no good time for writing just like there is no good time for thinking. Sometimes everything happens all at once and sometimes, there are no waves in the ocean of your mind.
10. Writing can inspire
Words hurt, kill but can also inspire. Words could start revolution and end wars. We use words, in written form in newspapers to control masses or liberate masses. That is the power the pen holds. Once in a while, reading a good piece of writing could totally change your perspective in life and brings about new experiences. That is what I believe writing is about. Writers have the duty to elevate the human consciousness onto higher planes and any form of art is good as long as the masses are able to grasp it. It is a tool to liberate our souls. It was never the end. Just a means to the end.
We all have something to tell and something to share. Life is about sharing after all. We are already sharing the planet and writing is a great tool to share thoughts.
Do not be afraid to share your beautiful mind. Start writing, for who knows, the world is still waiting for the next Shakespeare and it might be you.