Why I write

When I was in elementary school, I would hide out in my bedroom and write (what I thought were) Grammy-worthy songs in a green, spiral notebook.

Once I got my first laptop, my songs evolved into cringe-worthy love stories that I used my middle-school imagination to create.

From really embarrassing songs to watching that Disney Channel movie about Lindsey Lohan as a student journalist, writing has always fascinated me like no other hobby could.

I can’t solve an equation with fractions in it to save my life, but I could possibly conquer the world on a Word document. I’m still deciding.

Writing is so much more than the assignments we were given all throughout grade school in order to “better” ourselves. There is a small number of things that can’t be expressed by sitting down and writing a good story. Fiction or non.

I write because I can convey more emotion in my words than any other way. It’s not just a pastime. Writing is concise, beautiful, and kind of a staple in my life. There is so much art in being able to put a thought together on a piece of paper.

Writing is one of the strongest forms of expression. Where would we be if we didn’t have Jane Austen, or Henry David Thoreau? Quite frankly, that’s a world I don’t want to live in.

It always makes me roll my eyes to hear someone say they hate writing. On the real, if y’all hate writing so much why don’t you write about why you hate it?

In high school I always felt weird by how much I enjoyed writing. I don’t want to be that person who says they enjoyed writing essays, but they truly never bothered me. The “get to know me” ones were the best. You’re lying if you say you don’t enjoy writing about yourself.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked what I expect to do in journalism after I graduate. I’ve never been ashamed to tell people that “I’m a writer.” If I can use my words to better myself and get an education now, why would I have a problem once I have an actual degree?

I write to inspire others. We live in a world where hope is constantly dwindling, and I’m always saddened by the words I see on social media. It’s always satisfying to encourage someone with my words.

I wholeheartedly believe that there is a beautiful story inside of everyone just waiting to be written. Why not take advantage of that? You never know who you might impact in the process.

Writing is love and we could definitely all use some love. I want to be an encourager who stands firm on her words and isn’t afraid to put her feelings out there for everyone to view.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that “genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” Get those thoughts out on paper. You will not regret it.

I write to never stop writing. I wasn’t ashamed when I was writing embarrassing stories in my room at the age of 12, and I’m not ashamed for what I write now for you all to see.

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