Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

10 Reasons Why I Love to Write

Today is “I Love to Write Day”!

Here are ten reasons why I love to write:

1)   I can do it anywhere. All I need is my laptop, or a pen and paper. This means I can work from home, or on the road, or from just about anywhere – and I do!

2)   I can do it anytime. Morning, evening, weekdays, weekends – I can make my work accommodate my life instead of the other way around.

3)   I can work in my bathrobe, or even my birthday suit. Most of the time I seem to write better when I’m showered and dressed, but it’s a nice option.

4)   I can turn lead into gold. Everything that happens is a source for ideas. Even a difficult experience can be turned into fodder for a story, poem or book. This can be transformational.

5)   I can tame my wild horses. I have a lot of noisy chatter in my head – writing gets it out, and helps me organize my thoughts.

6)   I love kids. My own, and everyone else’s. I love to write for them. Nothing makes me happier than a child saying to me “I love your book!”

7)   I love to learn new things. Writing often involves research, which gives me frequent opportunities to learn something new. 

8)   I love words. Ever since I read The Phantom Tollbooth as a child, I have always thought of words as delicious – and powerful.  Searching for and finding the just the right one feels like an epiphany.

9)   I love putting “writer” down under job description when I have to fill out forms. Truly.  I think it’s so cool!

10)  I want to make a difference. If something I write can make one child smile, or make one day easier or more enjoyable, I’m living a purposeful life.

Why do YOU love to write?

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16 Responses to “10 Reasons Why I Love to Write”
  1. Diane says:

    I love to write because it involves quiet time, my time.

    I love to write because I have found if I am writing a poem it soothes and relaxes me.

    I love to write because it has opened up a whole new world of writers I would never have known.

    I love to write because it allows me to share in the wonder of a childs or teens world.

    I love to write because it allows me to express myself, put thoughts and feelings down on paper.

    I too have wild horses to tame….and much needs writing about, it helps in the organising of my thoughts to.

    I love writing, and sharing interesting quotable quotes.

    I love to write especially on wet wintery days, with a hot coffee and cookies beside me.

    I love to write because finally the pictures in my head become written pictures on paper.

    Finally I love to write because it lead me to Emma’s wonderful e-course “Just Write for Kids”, where I learnt new and valuable skills for writing picture books for children. Thankyou Emma.

  2. Jamie says:

    Em, this post on FB is soooo timely for me. I am going through a massive life transition at the moment – basically getting to the point where I don’t want to do what I do andy more. I used to jump out of bed in the morning and get really excited about what I was going to do that day. But, over the last three or four years I have slowly but for sure stopped loving the job I’ve done for the past 30 years.

    This stuff is scary as I don’t know how to do anything else! However, just recently I have thought about writing. It has slowly occurred to me over the last year or so that I do have a story to tell. Maybe it’s not the cosiest of story’s but it’s real. And maybe, just maybe, if I can get my story and some of the big life lessons I’ve learned over the years – along with unpacking some of the, sometimes, strange thoughts and ideas I have about life into words, then perhaps there will be others out there who might benefit.

    I have just signed up for a one year creative writing course that I hope will help me to get my thoughts in order and onto some paper. The course covers a wide range of writing genres – journalism, essays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction and all the different sub headings within those genres, and I can’t wait to get started!

    So, Em, thanks for sharing this today – it just encouraged me to keep pursuing this new adventure, and any advice or stuff you can point me to that you think would help, would be most welcome.

    Actually just writing this feels like ‘coming out’ I haven’t told anyone that I am starting to wander down this path…not sure why – maybe fear of ridicule or perhaps just simple fear of failure. But there, I’ve said it now…and actually it doesn’t feel that bad. I know sometimes my head tells me lies but my heart doesn’t and this really feels like my heart is saying ‘yea, go for it.’

    Thanks Em.

    BIG LOVE – Jams XX

  3. Emma says:

    I LOVE YOU Jamie! You have always been a wonderful, gifted writer – I cannot wait to hear what comes out of this new adventure… Keep me posted, and I will definitely be happy to share insights and be your cheering section along the way.
    xoxox Em

  4. Emma says:

    Thanks Diane! Lovely, lovely list… and bless you for the ‘shout out’ about the course.
    Warmly,
    Emma

  5. Jamie says:

    Thanks Em – I’m just a tiny bit excited now! J XOXOXO

  6. Joanna says:

    Thanks Emma, lovely list. When I saw your post a couple of days ago, that it was “I love to Write Day” comming up, one thing that popped through my head was not only do I love to write but how grateful I am to be literate and able to do this. Despite some great progress, still around 26% of the world’s population is illiterate and I cannot imagine my world without books, writing etc

    Jamie and Diane thanks for your posts encouraging me not to be a wimp and that I really need to have the courage to sign up for some writing course 🙂

  7. Jamie says:

    Go Joanne, do it, get on a course. I think it does take a bit of courage because writing, like any art, exposes a little of who we are and that’s always a scary thing to do. One of my issues is that I’m quite badly dyslexic, and that has always been one of the reasons that I’ve been so fearful of even trying to put anything on paper. But, I have got to the stage in my life where if I don’t, get some words on paper, in hopefully the right order, I’m going to explode…and that would be awful! There would be a horrid chaos of tiny little pieces of punctuation and lonely words stuck to the walls of buildings and swinging off the branches unsuspecting trees…a literary mess!! I need to learn how to defuse this bomb in an orderly and controlled manor! Go for it Joanne.

  8. Joanna says:

    Jamie,

    indeed it is scary, but then I see that you are choosing to override your fear and avoid that messy literary explosion 🙂 as in all things we have so much to gain and basically only our ego to lose 🙂 I am decided, I will sign up here but not until January as I am somewhat swamped by college recommendation letter deadlines at present! Hopefully we shall get to read some of your endeavours?

    Joanna

    PS Two of my friends are extremely dyslexic but they are also two of the most creative people I know 😉

  9. Jena says:

    Emma,

    I’m so glad you posted this! I love to write because it makes me look at the world in a different way! I’m constantly constructing plot out of everyday things that happen to me. For example, my kid throws a temper tantrum in public. Right away I’m looking around trying to figure out setting/characters in my mind so I can get home and write it down. It makes me have a more optimistic outlook on my life.

    Jena

  10. Beth says:

    Off the top of my head, and in no particular order…

    1. I love to write because it allows me to explore new and different ways of being.

    2. I love to write because I can lose myself in the words and the process.

    3. I love to write because it allows me to “pretend” in a socially-acceptable-for-an-adult fashion.

    4. I love to write because it is a way of connecting with others who couldn’t be part of my world otherwise.

    5. I love to write because it satisfies that deep inner itch to express my thoughts, emotions, dreams, experiences.

    6. I love to write because it helps me to make sense of what is going on in my life.

    7. I love to write because it is such a joy to work with words, to play with words, to find just the right words.

    8. I love to write because of the lovely feeling when someone tells me that my writing has touched them in some way.

    9. I love to write because it is such a great opportunity to learn, and to teach, two things that my Mum has modeled for me all my life. And now, with her gone as of yesterday, it’s a way to honor her question to me all those years ago, “Why don’t you write?”

    10. I love to write because… I can’t help it! Just as I identify deeply with the song “How can I keep from singing?” I feel the same way about writing.

    Thanks, Emma, for this challenge to think about the reasons why I love to write — and thank you for sharing your list. So many of your reasons resonated with me, as well, but it was good to express my own Ten, rather than simply saying “Amen!” to your Ten.

  11. Aileen Beato says:

    10 reasons why I love to write…..

    1. In writing, I freely express my thoughts, my feelings
    2. In writing, I can be a princess, I can live in a castle and marry my own prince. 😀
    3. In writing, I can fly with my own colored wings, I can swim the deepest sea.
    4. I can explore my world with no reservations, no limitations
    5. I can make friends with pets that talk, birds that literally sing. 😀
    6. Writing makes me feel that there is always hope…and things are always possible.
    7. Reading and writing widens my own perception in life….
    8. Writing makes me feel i can be a child over and over again
    9. In writing, I can access the minds of the readers and touch their life
    10. In writing, I can create a scene where I can meet Mary Poppins and sing with Maria Von Trap…

    Dear Emma, thanks for this blog. Please do tell your mom, DAME JULIE ANDREWS that I am one of her avid fan….

  12. Emma says:

    Thank you all for your great comments on this post.
    Beth – so sorry to hesr about your Mum. I hope the transition was as smooth and graceful for both of you as such a thing can be. I know she was fortunate to have you by her side.
    All good wishes, always,
    Emma

  13. Beth says:

    Thank you so much, Emma — that is so dear of you. In the hour before Mum died, I’d been able to spend half an hour or so singing to her some of her favorite songs and mine, including “Time is My Friend”. That has been a favourite of mine since I first heard your Mum sing it back in the 1970s, and especially the part that begins “then time to go…” will have even more meaning to me now, as those wonderful words eased my Mum’s transition, and my acceptance of it. The end was swift and peaceful — and it’s interesting that you used the word “graceful”, as our minister said the word that came most to his mind when he thought of my Mum was “grace”.

    Thank you for allowing me to take some of your blog space for such a personal message.

    Bless you,
    Beth

  14. Angela says:

    Emma,
    I always enjoy reading your posts – thanks for taking the time to share some good tidbits of advice and encouragement. I wonder if you could do a post talking about editing? It says on your site that you are a freelance editor, this is something I am thinking about getting into (my friends and family say that I’m a natural since I am always editing what they do, say and write…)Do you think this could be a future topic?

    Thanks and keep up the good work,
    Ang

  15. Kim says:

    All,

    I LOVE these posts! Just found them while perusing (late though it is tonight). So enjoyable and inspiring! Have to say just about all the reasons above, resonated with me at some level.

    Thank you ALL for sharing!

    -Kim

  16. Vicky says:

    Thanks Emma, am from East Africa, Kenya and am just starting out,want to write children’s books,and was so happy when in my sarch for ideas i chanced upon your site,am still trying to figure out the right titles,before i start.I believe we will share alot when i get started.
    Victoria

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