One of my friends on social media asked a question the other day. The question was, “What do you like most about being an author?” A number of answers followed. I thought about it for a few seconds. And then I answered. My answer? Having a voice that will live forever and knowing it will still be making a difference when I’m in heaven. The following are 7 reasons why I think it’s important to write:
1. You’ll live on
All of us will leave this earth at some point. My Grandma was a wise woman and she loved teaching. I always hoped that one day she would write a book. I know she desired to, but she never got around to doing it. I wish I could hear her tell her stories. Sure, I remember some. But there are so many details that are missing from the ones I remember. And it bothers me sometimes that she’s not around to ask.
When she passed, I went digging for some of the cards I knew I had saved that she had given to me on special occasions. And there I found more than just cards. I found her voice.
It was like I was hearing her speak from her heart all over again.
Writing is a way of making your voice live forever. You and I have a voice that makes our voice unique. Writing brings it to the platform no matter where you’re from or what you’re doing.
2. To encourage without having to say a word
Ever have one of those moments when you’re listening to your child, a friend, or loved one and you feel like you have tons of pearls of wisdom to share, but you can’t get a word in?
Writing provides that opportunity. When you write, you don’t have to wait for someone to finish talking. You don’t have to even wonder if they’re listening. Writing allows your children to listen to you even when they don’t want to admit it.
3. You can help make a difference
A couple of the children’s books I’ve published have a piece of my past. I took some of life’s messes and turned them into messages. What better way to help others than to use your story to do it?
We all have a story. Maybe you were rich and grew up having everything you ever wanted or maybe you were poor and didn’t have a thing. Whatever the story, you are you and no one can tell your story or the lessons you’ve learned better than you.
4. Creative flow
Like any talent or gift in life, the more you write the more you may be able to write. It’s like cooking or baking or painting. Creativity comes from within.
And it’s important to start somewhere. The more you write, the better you’ll become at it. And the better the flow.
5. It may help treasure the memories
I know life can throw us some hard balls, but it’s also full of so many treasures. From special friendships to happy occasions to your children’s funny made up words.
I have a friend who shared on social media a page from her Grandma’s journal. In it was a memory about a homemade pie which was brought to her by her daughter. If we take the time to write those special memories, we can relive those moments. And one day they can be reminders to our loved ones of how much they are loved.
6. It can be a stress reliever
Believe it or not, taking the time to write might help relieve stress. It can feel therapeutic in many ways. If you’re like me, you’ll know that there’s just something about making lists. Once I make a list of to do’s I somewhat feel relieved of the tasks that were once crowding my thoughts.
I heard someone say once that in his quiet time of meditation or prayer, he once found himself trying to fight distracting thoughts. And he said one of the things that helped him train himself to get through it was to make a note of every thought as it came. He did this until he had no more distracting thoughts and he was able to focus.
7. It can be a form of discipline
Making a decision to write might help you embrace discipline.
I’ve noticed that the more I become disciplined in one area, the easier it is to become disciplined in other areas.
Whether it’s writing the names of our offenders to forgive, writing chores, writing words of wisdom or creative stories, writing can benefit us and others in so many ways.
What and why will you choose to write today?