I never really thought about my love of writing until recently – I have just always done it…(must run in the family because both my Dad and my sister are amazing writers)…
Recently I asked myself the question why? Why have I always resorted to the written word throughout my life (whether on paper or computer)? and I realized that I have no choice but to write. Writing is how I process stuff that happens in my life, its how I communicate with people (I am much better at returning an email or WhatsApp than a telephone call – sad but true), its how I reach out to people – it makes me feel happy and if I am going to be truthful I am slightly obsessive about capturing life events so that I can go back and read them later on. Fortunately or unfortunately persons in my office have also picked up on this talent and I am usually the first candidate drafted to record minutes for an important meeting or produce briefs, reports, presentations, speeches etc.
I love the feel of a pen/pencil in my hand or the keyboard at my finger tips (I am now thanking my mother for forcing me to take that typing course in high school – sorry for all the grief I gave you Mom). I have a friend, NF, who has kept journals of all sorts all of her life and is much better than I am at writing regularly (and a much better writer I dare say). It was she who introduced me to journaling and it stuck….I have kept a journal for years now…over two decades I would say.
And then I discovered blogging! The age of my blog doesn’t match my experience because I took a very long break but have recently returned to this love of mine…I have met (and continue to meet) wonderful, talented people who continue to teach me, make me laugh and expand my horizons with all sorts of exciting ideas through their posts. Blogging has also made me pause, think about and question regular everyday things that usually go unnoticed. It has made me question myself, challenge myself and quite often see my life and its possibilities from a totally different perspective…(who knew?)
Blogging is very different to journaling because of course you are sharing yourself, your thoughts and opinions with the world basically (not that I think the world is reading my blog, just to clarify..). The biggest challenge I have in blogging is reminding myself to write for me and not to write or temper my posts because of what others may think…
There is something very joyful about writing a post and having a random stranger totally get it and reach out and connect with you…amazing! I try to follow a variety of people, not just people who have the same interests or outlooks that I do…and when I read their blogs I often wonder if I will ever be as good as they are or as interesting with all these amazing photos from wonderful places all over the world (awakening my wanderlust)…some are professional writers or editors and some just have raw talent…
So here are some questions for you fellow writers:
- Do you know what type of writer you are or want to be (your personal style) and if not should you?
- Where do you get your ideas from?
- How often should you write?
- Do you need to have a special place to write?
- How do you get better at writing – Is practice enough or should you have formal training?
- For a first time blogger who is filled with enthusiasm but no clue how to ‘step out’ what advice would you give?
Curious to hear what you all have to say… ❤️