Do you write? – You should! Here’s why

Do you write? – You should! Here’s why

First off, you are interested in writing, and that’s why you are reading this article.  You may be one of those people who have always wanted to write a book, but never could get it started.  I know there are lots of reasons this can happen… your job, your kids, finances… the list goes on and on. I get it.  Please take a few minutes and let me explain why writing is something you should start today!

If you don’t do it now, you never will.lazy

We all know what happens when we put things off… they just never seem to get done.  I remember that first time I thought about writing a book.  I was about forty years ago, and I had just finished my first hitch in the Navy.  While I was on my first submarine, I was able to walk in forty-two different countries!  During the Cold War, fast attack submarines were constantly on the go, so we had many opportunities to see the world. So, what didn’t I start writing?  I was young, and had the world at my feet.  I didn’t have time to write!

The next time I thought about writing was about ten years later.  I was on shore duty in Norfolk, Virginia, and I had nothing buy time on my hands.  I pondered it for a day or so, then I decided that I didn’t have anything interesting to write.  Perhaps if I had written down the notes form ten years prior, I would had been able to do something, but I didn’t.

Do your excuses sound anything like mine?  Ask yourself this question…  Would your book be better if you started it today, or ten years from now?  Your mind is full of thoughts and ideas that may be long gone by the time you finally decide to start writing.  Today is the day! Now that’s settled…

Stress anxiety symptoms? Writing can help!

guy stressThere are many reasons why people write.  Some people write for the fun of it, or for legacy.  Others write to offer a service, or help people.  But there are some people have been thought a lot in their lives, and suffer from traumatic experiences.  They have a story to tell and telling that story can give them a very much-needed release from years of anxiety.  When someone writes about the thoughts and feelings that they have encountered during those stressful events, it is called expressive writing.

Expressive writing has been found to be extremely useful in recovering and dealing with events in one’s life that were unpleasant.  Therapists have been prescribing this method of treatment for hundreds of years, and it has been very successful.  Even if you don’t have any traumatic issues, writing is very therapeutic and works wonders on stress anxiety symptoms.  Give it a try… you will be glad you did!

Writing is like… free brain exercises!

Writing exercises your brain, and that’s a very good thing.  Whether we like to admit it or now, we are getting older.  As you get older, your brain starts losing neutrons.  These are the cells that make up your brain and your nervous system.  By the time we reach our sixties, our brains are actually shrinking.  I know it sounds scary, but it is a natural process, and you have a lot more brain than you need anyway.

Writing stimulates your brain in places that normally wouldn’t get stimulated.  I am in my mid-fifties right now, but I started writing when I was in my forties.  My memory now is much better than it has been in years!  Writing forces you to stretch your brain, and that is very good for you.  So, what are you waiting for?


So ask yourself… should I write?

So, are you still on the fence?  How about this… writers today have never had more resources at their fingertips than they do now.  Back in the day, you had to legibly write every word, sentence and page by hand.  The manuscript consisted of a huge stack of pages that had to done just right so your publisher could read it.  The, after all the editing changes were scribbled on various pages of the manuscript, you had to re-write it! Are you kidding me?  I have a hard time calling myself an author when I think of how writing was a hundred years ago!typecast

What about computers?  Not only can you type neatly and email you manuscript, but you have an automatic spell checker!  Spelling alone
would have put me out of business!  When you are finished typing, you just hit the ‘save’ button and go about your business.  If Charles Dickens could see us today, he would turn over in his grave!

Speaking of Charles Dickens, do you have any idea how hard it was to print a book a hundred years ago?  Once the manuscript was perfect, your sent it to the printers.  The printer would set the type cast out eight pages at a time, using tiny iron letters.  If your book was 304 pages, the printer would have to set that cast 38 times!  Every eight-page sheet that was printed had to be cut by hand, then stacked for binding.  We won’t even get into the binding, because that was a handmade nightmare in itself. I think you get the picture.

What do you say?

Now I know that I have teased you a bit, and I have had fun with this article.  I really enjoy writing, which is why I write these articles.  I am far from an expert, and there are lots of writers out there who might think that I am ‘unseasoned,’ and they would be right.  I am just a guy
who likes to write.  But, I am willing to bet that you could enjoy it as much as I do.  But you will never know unless you give it a try.

At the bottom of this page is a comment forum.  Please, feel free to write and ask me if you need any help, or if you just want to say hello. You and I are the same, except for one thing… I wrote my book.  See you between the pages…

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14 thoughts on “Do you write? – You should! Here’s why

  1. Writing is indeed a really good practice to adopt. Besides the obvious (that someone can make a living with writing) I like that you pointed out other benefits like the reduction of stress. I have personally used writing for that matter and it has helped me tremendously. It’s huge to leave your thoughts on paper. It’s a burden that comes out of your shoulders.

    1. Hi, Antonis, your words are spoken like a true writer.  It’s nice to run across people who get it.  Thanks, and have a great day!

      Clay

  2. I have worked in the casino industry for many years and I have seen a lot! Alcohol and losing money does funny things to people.
    I have been told many times that I should write a book, but never really gave it much thought before recent times.
    For starters I have no clue where to start. However after reading your article i think maybe it is time I start to get the ball rolling
    Thanks for a push in the right direction!
    Brendon!

    1. Hi, Brendon… That’s good to hear!  It already sounds like a best seller to me.  If you ever have my questions, or need to learn how to publish it for free, drop me a line!

      Clay

  3. You make some valuable points here. I agree, writing can be therapeutic. Like most things in life too yes, the hardest part of it is thinking about it before you start. We just have to jump in and start and that’s when things start to flow. If I sit and stare at a blank screen thinking about what to write, it will never happen. I always have to just start and the ideas start flowing. Sometimes I get a whole paragraph typed out before I figure out what I am writing about!

    Thank you for this article it has inspired me to continue writing even more!

  4. I totally agree! I once read a great quote that goes something like this: ‘if you truly want to get something done, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse’.

    I think this quote applies very nicely to what you are talking about; sometimes we are just too hesitant to bite the bullet and put pen to paper. Just go for it! 

    One thing I did find hard to deal with was starting a book only to lose interest a few thousand words in. What is your advice on preventing yourself becoming bored with your projects?

    1. Hi, Danny… I did lose interest once at the beginning of a book I was writing, so I skipped to the climax of the story and wrote the ending.  Once I had my ending, I thought of twenty ways to close the gap.  I can’t guarantee it will work, but when you shift you mind, you start thinking differently.  I hope that helps.  Thanks for visiting!

      Clay 

  5. Writing a book is on my ‘i wish i could do it’ list. However, since I started writing for my blog, I have seen much improvement in my writing. 

    I used to be very stressed if I had to write even a postcard. That was to much. Now, I write over 3000 words daily and don’t even have to think about it a lot. 

    Practice makes perfect (or as near as one can get to perfect), and it’s so true in this case. 

    I’d say, if you start with writing 200 words every day for a week, and then increase the word count by a 100 every week, soon you’ll be writing lots and good quality writing too. But, you do need to write every day. No holidays hehehhe

    Happy writing! 

    1. Alenka, I am happy to hear you will writing a book!  If you need any suggestions or advice how to get started, please check out the “How to Write a Book” link at the top of the page.  It sounds like you have all your ducks in a row, so I am sure you will be writing soon.  Thanks for the visit, and have an awesome day!

      Clay

  6. I have recently been writing more (due to starting a website) and it is pretty cool. Its is a bit of a challenge because I don’t know everything (unfortunately) so I find myself researching write a lot. I think writing, like you say, works your brain out in fantastic ways.

    You can find yourself on trains of though previously shrouded in mystery. Another thing is that you have to know what you are talking about or people will cut right through you (they might anyways but its better if you know your stuff). Writing can encourage you to think more creatively as you can only write the same thing so many times before you get bored.

    Technology has definitely made the physical job of writing and publishing considerably easier (poor Charles) bu the actual “work” may still be very much the same. The reason you struggle to write a book is probably because things worth doing are often not easy and those uneasy tasks often force you to grow whether you want to or not!

    1. Renton, you are so right!  I recently wrote an article about the importance of good research, because, like you said, the people will eat you alive if your write something that isn’t true.  It sounds like you and I may have been down a few of the same roads.  Best of success on your website, and thanks for stopping by.

      Clay

  7. Dear Clay. Your page-call: 

    DO YOU WRITE? – YOU SHOULD! HERE’S WHY

    has awakened in me the following additions in your style. 

    1) Today, a person does not write, but knocks on the keyboard, presses an enter and print, sends an email to Amazon, and takes an electronic queue for his own e-book.

    2) Charles Darwin:I thought that he would suggest scattering iPhones over the reserves with the help of quadcopters.  

    Only in order to study Types of animals they will master and how quickly.

    I’m serious, I’m with you. It takes a lot of writing. And so, to begin with, I write these lines in a discussion.

    1. Mark, I get you!  I think if I sat across the table from Herman Melville and we compared our book writing processes, he would die of despair.  Don’t look now, Toto, but we are no longer in Kansas.  Thanks for the visit, and have an awesome day!

      Clay  

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