I write because…

It helps me think through problems when I’m feeling messed up about something — whether it’s relationships, friendships, work stress, general life confusion, whatever — writing about it, even if I don’t resolve it, makes me calmer.

My mind is always spinning and writing helps me put it on a straight path. I think about conversations I’ve had and what I’m getting out of them later, or what I wished I’d said, or what I wished the other person(s) had said and what I might say later.

I love the written word and what I can do with it, what I can evoke, how I can communicate, how others can communicate with me. I love to break the rules of grammar to write in my own voice and try to capture how the phrases turn in my head and try to project them into someone else’s mind.

To connect with people. Nothing makes me happier than someone telling me they loved something I wrote or my writing in general. Okay, one thing makes me happier — when someone tells me something I wrote was exactly what they were thinking or how they felt about something. It makes me feel better to know that other people feel the same way I do about things, especially when it’s something I feel is an unpopular opinion.

Maybe one day I’ll write something that will become popular, will get me recognized or known, even if it’s just amongst a small group of people. I am in awe of the authors I follow and the amazing characters and worlds they’ve created, and I want to evoke that feeling in others.

When I write I feel like I’m unblocking something inside myself. I always feel more centered when I’m pursuing my creative hobbies, and writing does something for me that I don’t get from my other craft hobbies.

Writing is a part of who I am and who I’ve always been. I’m an introvert and sometimes I feel I have trouble connecting with people, but when I write, it doesn’t matter — it’s me and words and a screen or a piece of paper, and I don’t know if anyone will ever read it and that’s okay if they don’t.

Sometimes I have things I think and want to say to others but can’t. Or I feel a way about something that I can’t discuss with others, so I write about it to get it out of my head and free my brain to obsess or think about something else.

I love it.

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