WHY DO YOU WRITE?

You’ll be amazed at how many writers never ask themselves this question or if they do, never answer it honestly. But if you don’t know why, then you’ll most certainly not end up achieving what you really want from your writing.

This is a question I’ve had to ask myself a lot over the last decade. I’ve been writing books, blogs, scripts, magazine articles, journals, and still, I ask ‘Why?’

And still I question if I am even a writer. A writer writes full time as a job don’t they? Or at the very least, get paid to write.

Serious writing is not just a side hustle. If it’s something you only do when you fancy it, surely you’re just a hobbyist, not a real writer?

Does it even matter whether you’re a real writer or how, when or what you write?

The only question is why?

We will all have different reasons why we write but hopefully the main one is because we enjoy it. We cannot, not write. It’s in our blood. Whether good or bad writers, we are born with this urge that takes over our lives. Like an addiction, it can affect our relationships, social life and work.

When I’m swept up in words, I can happily ignore the mountain of ironing, the dog that needs a walk and the planned movie night with a loved one.

The therapist in me knows that its not my fault. Some people drink alcohol, take drugs, have sex addictions, or eat for fun, I like to write. And that’s alright with me.

Sometimes I write things that I’m proud of, other times I write rubbish, but that’s okay too because- I write for me.

That’s why writing is my side hustle, my hobby, and not my full-time job, because if I had to produce perfection or even good stuff on a daily basis, I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore. I wouldn’t feel free or creative if someone else told me what I had to write about, when, and how.

So why do you write?

Keep scribbling,

Em x

JOYOUS WRITING

I started writing again today and I’ve got those creative butterflies of excitement dancing inside me.

AS I delve into the hub of possibilities, I find there’s something quite spiritual about the writing process. When we sit down and connect with our superconscious mind, we’re able to unleash the unlimited well of information, ideas, concepts and craziness, a place where we’re not confined to time or space, right or wrong, good or bad.

The ripe out pouring of the first draft of rough ideas, is akin to falling in love with a stranger and not knowing how the story will unfold and where you’ll end up. Free of self-doubt, full of pleasure, as words flow freely onto the page. Guilt is absent as you’re swept up in the romance of an idea. And in that moment, thoughts of, you should be doing this or doing that, or spending time with someone else, pales into insignificance, as the pleasure of the pen takes over and a love affair begins.

The sky could be falling in but your determination to get your thoughts down on paper are focused on nothing else.

In creative joy nothing else seems to matter.   

Momentarily your nature of reality changes and you enter into new, unseen worlds and theories. Suddenly tapped into universal knowledge and inspiration, that you never knew existed in the recess of your mind.

In the afterglow of prose conception, as you read it through for the first time, you know your pen was poetically guided. Although in the first throes of inscription, no striving for perfection was present, yet, what unfolds from joyous writing is always perfect.

How about you, where’s your joyous writing taking you today?

Stay Joyous,

Em x

Thank you for images by yogesh more from StockSnap from mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

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