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 some snippets from: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-you-must-write-i-richard-a-moran)
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.