Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6 Reasons Why It's Important to Write (Part 2 of 4 Part Series)

For many of us, maybe writing is something we do as automatic as breathing, sleeping, and speaking.  It’s integrated so deeply into our everyday lives, in the form of simplicity and a means of survival, that maybe we’ve failed to see it as anything else.  For example, we begin writing in early grade school because we’re taught to do so.  It’s a ‘normal’ part of everyday life, a basic necessity to communication.  Writing is speaking, only in script, in an essence. We write our signature on our checks, we write important dates into our calendars, we write huge thesis papers to earn our PhD’s.   However, writing is elemental to other areas of life. If analyzed within good reason, and efficient time and effort, one can utilize the written language as more than every day, mundane activities just to ‘get by,’ but integrate ‘the written word’ into a larger scope of life’s fuller meaning. 

For example, Danielle Steel didn’t become one of the the highest acclaimed writers of romance novels simply by signing her checkbook and keeping her pocket calendar up to date.   Nor does Hillary Clinton continue to astound audiences with her inspiring political debates solely verbatim.   Contrary to this I’m sure many laborious hours go into the writing, wording, and rearranging of her speeches.  How do you think Natalie Goldberg came up with such introspective and inspiring personal essays which reinforce to amateur (and professional too!) writers the importance of good self-reflection as means of productive, and successful writing?  In short, the process of writing can go to much deeper, meaningful places than simply balancing a checkbook and making appointments.  Good and successful writers are those who’ve taken justification of utilizing these other facets of writing to their overall productivity as professional writers, politicians, journalists, and so on. 

Even if you are a seasoned writer, or rather you’re one of us who’ve been blinded by the advantages that daily writing can provide, I have compiled six important benefits such expressive and self-analyzed writing can provide (and they don’t cost a thing more than the pencil and paper they’re written on!).  Considering and applying a more conscious action (in your personal writing regiment) can provide a deeper sense of being, a healthier outlet for life’s difficult times, and integrate  a more successful and optimistic outlook in your personal and professional life:

1.       To Gain a more efficient Means of Communication
When you write you are speaking non-verbally by script.  To successfully relate your point of view to the reader(s) of your material, you must first be able to adequately and professionally write on at least a readable level for which others can digest exactly what you’re trying to say.  In order to effectively ‘write’ you must at least be able to use proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, and so on. And it’s a proven fact, the more your write, the better your writing gets!

2.      For Healthy and Productive Self Expression
Have you ever had a horrible day where you come home, kick off your shoes, then grab the telephone for a long gab session with your best friend?  A journal provides much the same release.  Fitness experts say that the stress of a vigorous walk settles in your lower calves.  I say the stress of your day to day life settles in the forefront of your mind, and that stress forms a creative barrier!  Researchers provide for us adequate data which insists that writing, painting, drawing, and other types of creative expression work wonders in improving the health of one’s psyche.  So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, why not grab a notebook and a pen and write to your hearts content?

3.      To Gain a Greater Understanding of Yourself
Our world today is dominated by technology, in this fast-paced world I of text messages and chat rooms, and even online classrooms, It’s not uncommon to feel you’ve lost connection with yourself.  Writing allows you to regain that insight.  As you reflect and digest information, writing becomes a meditative an mind-clearing process as it requires you to go within yourself and bring forth material from your own intellectual reservoir.  Writing prompts with specific questions are wonderful for engaging you in a deeper analysis of yourself, who you are, why you’re here,  what you love, what you hate, who you’re meant to be, and so on!

4.      To Apply a Deeper Meaning to Your Existence
As individuals in this modern world, we hold many titles:  mom, teacher, artist, and so on.  But how often do you stop to define what it is you do, why you do it, and what good you are accomplishing in the grand scheme of things?  In many ways, writing is a form of immortalizing your existence, your thoughts, ideas, memories, life events.  When you write, you are leaving something behind, rather it be important life lessons or a list of favorite things to share with your great grandchildren.  The creation of your highest self is transformed into the written word.

5.      Finding a Deeper Connection to Your World
Writing is a reflective process.  Rather you are journal writing, developing a short story or collecting data for a research paper you are continuously calling upon the outside world for information and data.  Personal journaling (especially with thought-provoking prompts) and poetry writing are both elemental to answering questions like:  why do we exist?  What is my life’s overall purpose?  Our minds are in constant rhythm with sorting through information and applying its meaning to our lives, personally.  Think about it:  what do you have in common with the rest of the world?

6.      To Enlighten Others
We write because we have something to say.  We have a story to tell, information to leave behind, important data to share, a scenario to describe, to connect with others, to strengthen bonds, to take someone to where you’re at or where you’ve been…simply to explain!  Most of us write with the intent of sharing that writing with others.  We hope to teach lessons, leave an impression, and hope that by sharing our writing we’ve helped to enlighten or improve the life of another.

Isn’t it a lonely feeling to be disengaged, to lose touch with loved ones, to falter in your ability to relay what you really mean to say.  And it’s disheartening to feel as if you’ve lost your connection with the grander scheme of things?  All these steps offer sound, motivational advice for getting back to what really matters in your writing, and it begins first with you, then with your relation to the immediate world around you!