Without sounding too trite, because I wish there was a more poetic way of explaining why I commit words to page, I write because I want to. There are so many words, ideas, concepts floating through my mind that just absolutely need an outlet so my mind doesn’t end up overheating. Writing — be it in a blog, jotting phrases that come to mind down in a notebook, leaving little nonsensical notes in my iPhone — just gives me that release that I need when I can’t get it from other means. Even though I don’t get to do it often with my demanding work schedule, it’s so gratifying to be able to set aside time in a day to let the words flow from my fingertips, through the keyboard or pen, and onto the page in front of me. When I luck out and really have a long time to devote to writing, I use it as a form of therapy in between sessions with my therapist. It allows me to put down my raw feelings that I’m afraid to commit to speaking and, when completed, I can sit back to read what I’ve written to analyze exactly why I’m feeling a certain type of way.
I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to crank out my Great American Novel, like many writers in this day and age do, but I do know that even seeing a response to my words here on my blog is good enough for me at this moment. I’m really grateful for the platform WordPress provides me to get my thoughts out, even if it is just to talk at length about other people’s writing and how it made me feel. After going so many years after graduating university without a dedicated space for myself to post long-form writing, it’s so nice to have my own little niche that I’ve carved out and not have to feel like I’m competing with other voices to be heard, like I was on Tumblr. Furthermore, there are plenty of little writing challenges — like Blogging U! — that force me to make my words known.
This is only the first step of this month-long journey of mine through Writing 101, but I’m so excited to see what it holds for me in the coming weeks.