Why do you want to write?
Is it a desire to walk into what appears to be an exciting adventure? Do you think writers are special people and you want to feel special? It seems like the thing to do?
Let’s explore realistic reasons for writing.
▪ Reduces stress
▪ Decreases dis–ease symptoms
▪ Strengthens immune system
▪ Cuts down on recovery periods from illness
▪ Shortens grieving time
▪ Increases ability to think more clearly, improves the memory
▪ Invites you to become your own inner friend, supporter, and
▪ Allows you to get in touch with your hidden strengths and resources
▪ Writing will ignite a spark of creativity which might be fighting to get
▪ To learn about yourself to improve your life
▪ Writing is fun!
▪ Writing honestly and privately puts the past into perspective.
▪ Develops skills to gain a deeper understanding of who you are today
▪ Allows you to be the unique person you were meant to be.
For some people, writing is a destiny call. They write because they have to write to feel complete.
Some people write to solve problems. Putting thoughts on paper helps to organize points of view and random thoughts.
In days gone by, people told family stories to be handed down through the generations. Today, it’s not a popular past time, so writing personal memoirs for self and/or for a family history have become popular.
If your creative desire is writing poetry, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, song lyrics, screen plays or any other genre, go for it!
Some people write for themselves and others consider writing as their profession.
Knowing yourself is the best starting place for any of life’s adventures. Writing can be therapeutic for the writer and for the reader!
In order to reach your goals, write down what you want to learn. Then attend writing groups meetings, writing classes and conferences.
Learning never ends.
What were some of the earlier jobs of famous writers?
Robert Frost was a newspaper boy; his mother’s teaching assistant and a light-bulb-filament replacer in a factory.
James Joyce sang and played piano while struggling to publish Dubliners.
Margaret Atwood worked as a counter girl in a coffee shop in Toronto, serving food and operating a cash register. The details of the experience are in her essay, “Ka-Ching!”
J.D. Salinger was the entertainment director on a Swedish luxury liner.
Zane Grey was a dentist for nine years. Zane and his wife lived off of her inheritance.
As a teen, John Grisham worked at a nursery, watering bushes for a dollar an hour. He was promoted to a fence crew, where he got a 50-cent raise. But Grisham decided “there was no future in it,” and took a job with a plumbing contractor.
Though one might expect the author of Moby-Dick to have some experience at sea, Herman Melville was employed as a cabin boy on a cruise liner after his attempts were thwarted to secure a job as a surveyor for the Erie Canal.