Write for the craft, the passion, the creativity.
Writing creates something. Something is there right on the screen or in the notebook and a body of work exists.
Writing can kill time.
It all started with being an observer and writing it down. You can do that too.
The above are snippets from Richard A. Moran’s Why You Must Write — Why I Write
I can’t remember a time since childhood when I didn’t like to write.
My parents often gave me a journal or a diary to write on.
In grade school, we learned to write not just sentences.
I recall how theme writing became part of our language lessons from the 4th grade up.
It made me feel good because our teachers would ask us to write with a fountain pen, not with a ball-pen, and on a special writing notebook at that.
Sometimes, I had to struggle to find the correct words, but that was fine for me. I’d just asked my Dad or my Mom for help.
You see, Mom was a language teacher, and she minored in English.
My Dad spoke English well, much better than most his peers because he worked with Americans at a very young age, during the American period (of my country’s history).
I remember my Dad gave me a Thesaurus as a birthday gift.
Perhaps he had seen how hooked I was on reading – anything, be it storybooks, newspapers/magazines, comics, even the dictionary and my Mom’s volume of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare.” So, that Thesaurus was my Dad’s support for my love for reading & writing.
Together with my Mom, he encouraged my literary inclination. Both also wrote their own poems — some of which I stumbled into which inspired me to write my own since then.
So there I should consider myself fortunate for having had a good early start and exposure to writing — but somehow through the years it had only remained an enjoyable activity, a favorite past-time. Or as an occasional outlet for pent-up emotions or bursts of creativity. I didn’t think much of it as a profession.
Well, I should have. But what’s most important for me then was to simply write for the sheer joy of it. Until today I still do.
Now writing is a vocation for me. Whether for work or for my sheer enjoyment, I know writing comes from my core dreams.
You too can take heart in Moran’s encouraging words in his article mentioned above. Be inspired and start crafting your thoughts Write now!