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Why I Write: Day One of #EverydayInspiration Writing Challenge

I am embarking on yet another writing challenge.  Since the previous writing challenge in which I participated concluded, I feel my desire to write daily on my own volition has lost some of its momentum.  Primarily because a daily writing challenge prompts me…well… to write, every day.

So…why do I write?

I write because I am a deeply reflective person.  I write because I have things to say.  I write because I have things to say that are not always appropriate to verbalize, or tweet.

Speaking of tweeting:  A social media social justice warrior is not at all what I envision for myself.  And yet, I have found myself in that very position on more occasions than I care to count, let alone remember.  Therefore, I feel my blog is the best platform for me when I desire to step up on my proverbial soapbox.

I write to share ideas that may be useful to others.  I write with the goal of inspiring and motivating others.  I write about mistakes I have made, so that perhaps others may learn from them.  I write when I am feeling vulnerable. When I communicate my fears, I feel better, and, perhaps along the way, I may help someone else to feel better, too.

I write because there are things I care about. I write when I am trying to make sense of events and situations.  I write because things happen in life, and, writing is often cathartic.

I used to write to gain and maintain an audience. That worked for awhile.  A long while, in fact. But, being vulnerable and entertaining at the same time not only became old, it also became exhausting.  Eventually, I ran out of things to say. My posts became fewer, and the gaps of time between posts grew longer. Then, I stopped writing.  Now, I write for myself.  Still, I want to create a connection with those who visit my blog, and read my posts.

I write on days when I don’t quite feel like writing. But when I do write, and hit the “Publish” button, I experience a total and complete feeling of accomplishment.  It’s a lot like those days when I don’t feel like working out: the best part is the end of the workout, when I am walking out of the fitness center.

I write because I want to improve my skills as a writer. Writing wasn’t always easy for me. When I was a senior in high school, and, during my first two years of college, I developed a writing anxiety.  I had no confidence.  Additionally, my writing had to be perfect. Thinking back on the situation now, it was because I was trying to fulfill someone else’s goals and expectations of what I should write, and how I should write it.  In fact, I was so anxious, I would ask teachers and professors to read what I had written before turning it in. Then, the hammer fell on me the fall of my sophomore year of college: A history prof told me he would not preview my paper. I was truly crushed.  He did, however, offer me ideas in the form of resources for shaping my thesis statement, and supporting my argument.  I didn’t realize it then, but, what that prof gave me was a tremendous gift of liberation. And, that’s when my skill and confidence as a writer really took off.  But, as they say, I digress.

Those are the reasons why I write.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I teach. I cook. I write. In that order. Along the way, I learn many things, especially about myself.

2 thoughts on “Why I Write: Day One of #EverydayInspiration Writing Challenge

  1. Although many have similar reasons for writing, it’s nice as a reader to ‘hear your voice’ in conveying your reasons. I’m maybe feeling slightly homesick and so didn’t answer your day3 question as i was stuck for words. I’m completing the tasks day by day myself currently and so avoiding reading posts for the tasks ahead – although I did this challenge previously and so repeating anyway. I’ll have a quick flit while i’m here distracting myself from what i planned to be doing this afternoon – your blog looks very well organised, crisply neat and tidy 🙂

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    1. Hi, Colette! I appreciate your comment. Unfortunately, I bowed out of the challenge. I had just come off of a 30-Day Writing Challenge, and was feeling energized and inspired. Which was a lesson: Allow one challenge to ride its wave for a time, before beginning another. Just didn’t have it in me at the time to continue, but, perhaps will resume it at some point. Wishing you all the best with it!

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