Abundance: Three Reasons to Keep WritingPosted: September 24, 2014
Let’s be very clear. Writing is NOT a hobby. Suggesting creative writing is a hobby is as ridiculous as saying paying your taxes is a hobby. They are both something you have to do. Paying taxes is the law of the land. Writing is the law of the soul. You must, to be true to your conscience, obey both.
Of course, writing is harder than paying your taxes. It’s more emotionally draining. It takes energy. It is a thankless job that is rarely noticed of affirmed by others. And if you think writing is thankless – try re-writing – or editing. That’s thankless AND painful.
So why do we write?
Abundance. Writing is a fountain inside of us that never stops churning. When you recognize the bounty that being a writer puts in your life, you’ll find the answer to that question every writer asks each time he or she spends six hours on three paragraphs and cuts two of them the next day. Why am I doing this?
Abundance: There are always more stories to tell. Like most writers, I love to tell stories. Not just big novel-sized adventures, but little tales about the events of my day. Everything is a story. A guy follows me around the book store then laughs at the book I end up picking out – a horror story. My third trip to the DMV in three days attempting to find the right combination of documents to get my driver’s license – a comedy. My partner who hates psychological movies and ballet sits through Black Swan just to hold my hand – a romance. I could never stop writing because all the stories would build up inside me and I would inevitably explode like a piñata full of candied anecdotes.
Abundance: There are always more people to reach. I’m a first class introvert who likes typing much more than I like talking. In fact, thanks to the internet, streaming TV and Kindle, once the 3D printer can actually print edible groceries – I’ll never leave my house again. Writing helps me reach out to people in a way that feels safe, isn’t exhausting and doesn’t result in a discussion about who leaves the tip. There are so many stories I want to tell and there are so many people I want to hear them. For every blog I post or story I published I get the joy of reaching out to people, but not having to actually touch them.
I could never stop writing, because that would make me truly, utterly, soul-crushingly alone.
Abundance: The song isn’t finished. I’m one of those people who will sit in the car after I’ve arrived just to listen to the end of a song that is playing on the radio. To walk out in the middle of a good song is a crime against natural law. It’s also a good way to get that song stuck in your head for a week. Writing is like music. Sentences and phrases flow through a writer in lyrical fashion. There is always the song of a good sentence, poetic embrace or character insight floating through the air. On the days I’m writing my best, I’ve been able to reach into the ether and pull down a melody. I can’t walk out on my writing as long as the music is still playing.
I could never stop writing because the song must carry on.
So – there you have it. What does writing give you besides a sore back, calloused fingers, sleepless nights and tortured imaginings? Abundance.
The fountain is flowing with joy for you. Grab a pen (or computer) and GO. GET. IT.