If you aren’t writing now, here are seven good reasons why you should start. Whether you choose to write a diary or journal, author works of fiction or fact, you should be writing.
- No one else can tell your story in your words. You’ve lived a life that is different from everyone else in the world. Tell the world about it.
- No one else can speak in your special voice. You’re voice has been shaped by your experiences, colored by the places you’ve lived, tinted by the people you’ve known and accented by the sounds you’ve heard. Let it speak to the world.
- Writing helps you to remember special moments of your life and treasure them. You can look back over your writings to relive the events in detail, without the losses that can occur through the actions of time and fading memory. A written account can provide details that a photograph or video can’t capture. How were you feeling at the time? What were your thoughts? A photo can show the scene but not the emotions.
- Writing can be therapeutic, as you work through old issues in a journal or deal literary justice to past enemies in fictional pieces. You can examine all of the aspects of past events and express your side of it.
- Writing gives you a “do-over” for situations where you don’t feel you did your best. Your fictional account provides a place to say the things you wish you’d said and do the things you wish you’d done. You can get it right on paper where you may have stumbled in real life.
- Writing touches lives. When you share the insights you’ve gained, you help others through their own dark times. You let them know that they’re not alone in the fight and you can share with readers what worked and what didn’t.
- Writing lasts. It outlives the author and creates a legacy for family and friends and people you will never know. Decades from now, some reader’s life may be changed by the story you told, but that can’t happen if you don’t write it now.
From the earliest days of cave paintings and stone carvings, to modern word processors and speech-to-text software, human beings have sought to tell their story. Be sure that yours gets told, too.