Why do you write?

I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create fabric in the world that often appears black and white. I write to meet my ghosts. I write to begin a dialogue. I write to imagine things differently and in imagining things differently perhaps the world will change.

– Terry Tempest Williams

Sometimes, the tough times bring out the best in us. The year 2020 made me feel like I had fallen into a pit and was uncontrollably spiraling downwards. It also made me realize that I was unaware of who I was as a “person.”

Though I can articulate this now, back then it was a blur. I dabbled because there was a lot on my mind; I wanted to free up my mind to accommodate more chaos. But eventually, I understood that it meant something more. I saw writing as a process of “revelation.” It was a means of discovering aspects of myself that I seldom knew existed. So, to me, writing was an expedition to find myself.

It is not just that. I am an introvert by nature. When I lacked the gift of gab, I felt helpless and weak – muted. But when I began journaling my emotions, the words came to me when I beckoned. It helped me find the strength I needed and was empowering in an ineffable way.

Why will I keep writing?

Of course, it makes me content : P I wouldn’t trade it for any treasure.

But yes, I dream of using my writing for a greater purpose.

Hitherto, writing was a means of expressing “my” experiences, thoughts, and perspectives. In the future, I would like to write to empathize with other people and their experiences. The power of a pen is familiar in this world. It is in our hands to choose its purpose wisely. I strive to lend a voice to the perspectives that have gone unnoticed.

And I hope to get there one day : )

Dear Reader, What makes you want to write? I would really love to know!

8 thoughts on “Why do you write?

  1. I have different modes for my writing. Sometimes I just want to write to fool around. Other times, I want to perform for an audience. Most importantly, it feels like I’m making things, and I can’t make things elsewhere, lol. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  2. 🙂 The main reason I write is to educate and entertain readers.

    I also write because I enjoy writing and I see it as fun (Hence the reason for publishing blog posts.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day, Swetha.

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  3. Interesting, Shwetha! I have similar thoughts and feelings about writing.

    But, sometimes, I prefer to, be creative! And honesty I’m not good at it.

    But when you repeat doing things, they actually get better.

    Right now, I’m a reader more than a writer. Similar to butterflies, getting the tastiest juice to make sweet honey (no one likes artificial sweetness).

    And writing is like a process, when you grow, you have flowers, then fruits come. This process continues till the tree live. (we’ll die someday. That’s fine by the way).

    But before dying, the tree gives birth to many other trees. It’s a continuous process.

    😅 Okay, so we’re humans, not the trees. I have hearing stories since childhood, have some good and bad experiences, and have learned to dream better.

    Thank you for following.

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