We all know writing is worthwhile. We all know it’s a true accomplishment to finish a novel…. or two, three, or four. That’s why we’re always so hesitant to consider ourselves writers even after we start writing, as I explored yesterday.
Nevertheless, it’s important to claim that title. And it’s important to remember the benefits writing brings us.
Since writing can get us all down from time to time, I thought it might be helpful to have a list on file of the best things about being a writer. A list to refer back to when the going gets tough and I start wondering, “Why exactly do I do this again?”
Over the week I’ll go into detail of each list component, so make sure to come back, enjoy, and chime in by sharing your own experiences.
- You get credit for awesome stuff your characters do. And how resourceful they are, as well as how interesting and inspiring. The fact is, you as the author hardly feel responsible for that, because your characters surprised you as much as they shocked anyone else. But no one needs to know that, do they? *evil laugh*
- You get to give back to books. We writers are avid readers. We were never seen without a book as children, and we still aren’t (most of the time). We know how to read in such a way to develop our writing. Writing is our chance to tell the world “thanks” for all the books it’s given us by giving one to someone else.
- You learn empathy. Diving into a character’s head, and considering his motives, emotions, desires, and dreams, teaches you that other people are just like you in a way few other things can.
- Your characters can inspire and challenge you. In more ways than just developing your writing skills. They’re not perfect by any means, but my characters tend to be manifestations of what I wish I could be. They exhibit qualities I admire and seek to imitate. (Or, conversely, qualities I don’t.) I can hold them up as examples that spur me, in a way, to be the best version of myself.
- You challenge yourself, and you grow as a person from that. Writing develops your creativity, your language skills, and your problem-solving skills. It teaches you how to persevere and plan to achieve a long-term goal.
Well, those are some of the best things about writing (for me, personally). What do you consider the best things about writing?