The word ‘write’ can mean different things to different people. For some, write is fright. For others, it is sheer delight.
Here are the Top 10 reasons I write.
Do you? If so, what compels you to confront the ‘blank page’?
- It clears my head, allowing me to compose the things I should never say. Later in the day, I write the things I should have said.
- It’s as much fun as my last roller coaster ride, minus the queasy, disoriented post-ride dizzy spells.
- I scribble in a notebook. Remember those? Bonus: I love the sound of a pen or pencil as it scratches across the page.
- I hope someone will read at least one word of what I put down on paper. Most will be throw-away, but there are some morsels of gold as I plow the field.
- The post-writing high is euphoric, especially if you’ve lost track of time.
- It helps me generate more ideas. Every ‘brainstorming’ meeting should start with ten minutes of free write about the problem to be solved.
- It makes me a better husband, father and friend. Some hit a golf ball or punching bag for therapy, I prefer a notebook.
- I am surprised by what’s bothering me, and it usually doesn’t appear until it flows onto the paper.
- Typing seems too ephemeral, transactional, harried.
- My imagination needs to go out for a run every now and then. All work and no writing makes me a dull boy.
Until next time,