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.
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!
There 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!
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…