As I start working recently, I stumbled across the #WhyIWrite hashtag that was trending on Twitter a few weeks ago. I love that it was trending because it really got me thinking about my own writing. I could give a handful of reasons for why I write, like…
• It’s my job
• I want to share my story
• I want to help others
• I’m trying to make sense of the world
But really, it’s simple: I write because it’s WHO I AM. Honestly, I don’t know who I’d be without it. It’s enriched my life — and at times, even saved my life. This writing thing, I think it’s going to stick around for awhile. I’m pretty certain I’ve discovered my passion.
In the last month, my world has been turned upside down, and I’ve learned the hard way that some people simply don’t understand why I write about the personal and vulnerable aspects of my life. My heart was broken by their cruel and insensitive words, as if I’m somehow being selfish for telling my story openly and honestly.
But here’s where they’re wrong: I’m not just writing for me. I have an email folder where I save emails I get from people. Any time I start to question myself, I read those emails — words from complete strangers who could identify with my writing or who were help, even in a small way, by my words. This is why I do what I do. This is why I overshare and why I’ve come to love writing and blogging so much. For people to know they’re not alone. How can writing for that reason ever be a bad thing??
I’m forever certain of one thing: My writing. It’s part of my soul. This isn’t just some fun hobby for me. This is my career. I won’t ever be silenced or told what I can and can’t write. As I always say, “You can’t silence my pen” and that is so true! #WriterLife
And, as always, here’s a radical notion: If you don’t like something, don’t read it. Simple as that. That little x at the top right of your browser window is a beautiful thing!
So I suppose this is my impassioned plea to the world: PLEASE SUPPORT THE WRITERS IN YOUR LIFE! Ask them what they’ve been working on. Give them a high-five for their latest byline. Let them know their work is being seen and isn’t just disappearing in a black hole!
It’s not that hard and I promise that it’ll make them feel smile. I know this from experience!
Why do you write, friends? What draws you to the page — err, I mean the keyboard? Do you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulder once you get it all out? Seriously, if you want to be inspired, check out that Twitter hashtag! It’s totally giving me life and endless inspiration right now!! xoxo
P.S. More on life as a blogger!
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Your blog makes me feel less alone. With so much crazy stuff happening in the news lately it’s nice to know someone feels the same way I do about feminism.
shelly sitzer says
I write when I feel strongly on a subject or want to reminisce something that has been staying in my heart for a long time. It always feels good to get the words out on paper. It’s a verification of my feelings out ton the world..
Roz Warren says
In my selfish little Roz-centric world, you write, Melissa Blake, because I really enjoy reading your work.
Your words make me smile!! Thanks so much, friends!!! xoxo