A few weeks ago a student came to me and asked genuinely, “Teacher Deny, why do you write so often? Aren’t there better things to do?” It wasn’t the first time I got asked that question, yet I still can’t figure out a short answer. So, for the sake of writing, these are the three main reasons why I write and how it helps me become a better person.
Writing improves communication
Writing at its most basic is a way of communicating not only with other human beings, but also with ourselves. It is a form of expression that can somehow improve our communication skills. Oftentimes communication is hung up because we don’t know how to express ourselves. To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald, “You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” Writing regularly helps you express ideas clearly, structure words quickly, and minimalise barriers to effective communication.
Writing is therapeutic
Sometimes only paper will listen to you. Writing helps you address what you can’t say out loud in real life, means it can reduce stress levels and sweep negative thoughts in your mind. Harvard Health Publication suggests that writing about thoughts and feelings — otherwise called expressive writing, may ease chronic stress and trauma for some people. Based on my personal experience, writing has helped me go through tough times such as my friend’s suicide and depression.
Writing helps shape the world
People who write a lot tend to pay more attention to what’s happening around them, but they don’t talk about it. They describe and speculate. It might lead to another question like, “Why do you care so much?” The answer is simply because some of us were born like that. If Thomas Edison didn’t care so much, electricity would’ve never existed today, means no computers, internet, etc. If Malala Yousafzai didn’t care and write a blog narrating life under Taliban occupation, women in northwest Pakistan would never get education. These people have shaped the world. So the next time someone asks why you write so much, try this: Because I care.
Now it’s time to sharpen your pencil and start writing. Even if you can’t.
This is the first part of my 20-day Blogging University: Finding Everyday Inspiration course from The Daily Post. This course is all about warming up your writing muscles and finding inspiration in the places closest to you — but where you might not think to look. Go check them out!