Why I Love Writing

I believe that you can change the world through writing and other creative works. Maybe it’s not always a simple or obvious process, but each word might be one small step towards a greater journey.

One way I see this is through my students. Even those who at first tell me that they don’t enjoy reading eventually find a book or author that they do like, and this book or author influences the student’s future choices in books, which in turn impacts the sorts of ideas the student thinks about and the type of person they grow up to become.

Even if you’re not influenced by a writer, how often do you spot an email signature followed by some famous person’s influential words? How many posts do we see of inspirational quotes on WordPress? Words certainly impact us in powerful ways.

The three reasons I talk about in this video are for inspiring change, creating beauty, and leaving a legacy, but I’m sure there are many more reasons to love the written word. What do you love about writing?

2 thoughts on “Why I Love Writing

  1. I don’t like being the centre of attention, but writing allows me to ‘perform’ without needing to stand before a crowd. Maybe that’s what I like about it.

    But also, I’ve recently started writing for cathartic release, something that I’ve never been able to do during the decades I’ve spent writing or journalling. It’s after I started being super honest and keeping SUPER PRIVATE journals that I’ve begun to explore my deepest thoughts and desires, and I have to say that it’s those explorations that are beginning to lend some colour to my ‘official’ writing.

    So yeah, in short, the second reason why I love writing is because I get to explore my own mind.

    Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. Thanks! That’s a great point about cathartic release and writing to explore your own mind. I have my students do that via freewriting, usually when we start a new unit or introduce an unfamiliar topic, and some surprising and intriguing ideas will sometimes result from that!


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