Do you believe that I still write? I mean I really take a pen, or pencil, and write on a paper instead of directly typing on a keyboard.
I love writing, especially if I’m doing it with a coffee and donut. The question then is, why I write and why I encourage you to do the same?
Before we go further, I want to be honest with you: WRITING IS NOT EASY. This is especially true if you are writing in a language you are not born with. Nonetheless, people think that I am a good English writer. It takes time for me to believe that, and it brought me to hours and hours of reading and practice to produce a better write-up until I’m already employed to do just that. But still, I can write better and faster in Filipino than in English.
Well, writers have different reasons on why they write. If you ask ten writers on why they do what they do, you’ll possibly have ten different answers.
Celebrated professor Mark Edmundson asked, “Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read–read as if their lives might be changed by what they’re reading? Writing is backbreaking, mind-breaking, lonely work. So why?”
Here are some of the possible reasons why a writer writes:
- To express ideas or emotions
- To record daily activities or events on a journal
- To teach others through a written communication
- To do it as a pastime or a hobby
- To tell a story, a dream, a fantasy, or a philosophy
- To do it for a company as a source of living
- To stimulate interest
- To influence others to take action
There is a wide array of reasons to write as various as the uniqueness of each writer has. Whatever it is that drives someone to write, writing can be either personal, entrepreneurial, or academic.
What I am sad about is when the academe uses writing to measure or assess the level of learning or understanding of students without teaching them what writing really is, how to write a better essay, and how to improve one’s self in writing.
Moving on, here are some of the benefits of writing:
1. It helps you to learn more, think deeper, and understand better.
2. It encourages you to know more about yourself and the world around us.
3. It aids others to get a fresh idea from a different perspective.
4. It educates others, moves others, and improves others.
5. It caters you to your dream job and get a career or win a living.
William Faulkner, an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate, illustrates writing as:
“Ninety-nine percent talent . . . ninety-nine percent discipline . . . ninety-nine percent work. [The writer] must never be satisfied with what he does. It never is as good as it can be. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
There’s so much value in writing. It offers a lot of opportunities for you to learn, grow, and be the person you want to be. You don’t need to learn everything to start writing; just write and let the world stand in awe.