Greetings bookworms and welcome back! Funny story: I was so set on doing a Top Five Wednesday post, only to find out five minutes ago that Goodreads is down, under maintenance, meaning I cannot access this week’s topic! (These are the times I regret checking the night before. Silly silly Josie!)
But anywho, the show must go on. And I am going to (somewhat) stick to the Top Five theme by giving you five things I love about writing!
Are you a writer?
An aspiring writer?
Are you someone who sits around, wishing they could write?
Are you someone who is sitting around, just waiting for the right spark that will get your writing passion started?
Keep reading if you fit into any of these… But if you aren’t any of these things, keep reading anyway because… why not? Delve into the minds of these crazy people called ‘writers’.
Writing ignites a fire of passion in me so great that it would blind you. There is something so spectacular about writing, whether it be non-fiction writing, or fiction. There’s a certain thrill that comes with creating something original from the depths of your mind. When I was in high school, I always looked forward to writing essays or doing assessments that required extended writing. Yes, I was that weird kid.
I can’t explain what it feels like to write. Sometimes in the shower, a wave of feeling comes over me, a feeling which I can only describe as the holy-writing-fire, and all I can think about is the magic of my fingertips moving as words flow across the page (whether it be through pen and paper, or keys and a monitor).
Fiction is especially magical to write. And that’s what I’m going to share with you all today, whether you are fellow fiction writers, or are non-writers who are looking for a way to understand what is so special about writing. Don’t stop reading, because I’m about to fire at you my top five reasons/things that makes writing a magical experience.
1. Creating worlds, stories, people, from your own imagination
Our minds are an intricate web of thoughts, ideas, dreams, within our conscious and unconscious state. Some of these ideas lie right on the surface and are very reachable, while others involve you have to dive into the deep ocean of thoughts to get to those long lost treasures at the bottom. Writing allows you to pull the entire sea of your mind up, so you can pour it all out in the form of words. Is it just me?
I feel like when we write, especially fiction, we are pulling our deepest ideas and thoughts out to the surface. Creating characters who are similar to you, or completely the opposite. Creating worlds with backstories and history that you’ve never heard about in your life! It’s a thrill to do this. Don’t even try to deny it.
2. The zone
You know when you get that burst of inspiration, and you begin to write and it just flows on endlessly and you feel like you have an unlimited amount of words that you need to get out? I call this the zone.
One of the most exhilarating things that I find makes writing amazing is when you get into the zone. When you feel like nothing can stop the flurry of words in your mind and there is a clear picture of where you want your story to go. IT’S THE BEST FEELING, I TELL YOU.
3. Unlimited possibilities
I am absolutely in love with writing because of how unlimited it is. You could write about anything and everything. You could write a story about whatever the heck you want, with any kind of main character, set in any place or time.
Writing will never get old. There is always something new that you can discover, always something new for your to write about, if you let your mind reach and take a hold of it.
4. NaNoWriMo & other writing events
I have never participated in a writing event as of yet (emphasis on ‘as of yet’), but I have witnessed how much excitement and happiness comes with joining in with something like the global community writing event that is NaNoWriMo. Not only does these things get you pumped to write like madmen/women, it brings all the writers of the world together in perfect competitive harmony! IT’S FABULOUS I TELL YOU.
5. Getting awesome feedback
I’ve experienced this first-hand. Just as we love people telling us we look good today, or that we did an amazing job at a certain thing, the same goes for our writing. I’ve sent my first few chapters of my current work in progress to people and the feedback was incredible! And I’m not just talking about good feedback.
Is it weird of my to say I like the negative feedback too? Let’s just call it constructive criticism, because… that’s basically what it is! I love getting enthusiastic emails back to me saying how much they enjoyed reading and how engaged they were, and then I get even more thrill when they start to suggest some improvements. THREE CHEERS FOR IMPROVEMENTS. After all, how could you ever get better if you don’t get outside opinions?
So you got a glimpse into some of the many reasons I adore writing. And I only scratched the surface here, I assure you there is so many positives that come with writing. It’s an amazing way to let your mind run wild, and let out all that suppressed imagination.
Of course, I know it’s not for everyone, so for all of you who are non-writers, I hope you enjoyed gaining some reasoning into the minds of people who love to write!