Hello and welcome to my blog! Thank you for joining me. I’m Desiree and I’ll be your host. Today’s post is about reasons to canon ball your way into creative writing.
To all of my new and regular viewers/readers, this is me creatively imagining what it would be like to have my own talk show. Then again, maybe I should start a podcast… scratch that, I just remembered that I’m in the middle of converting all my posts through Anchor into podcasts, available through Spotify, so if it’s not too much trouble, give it a listen and follow.
Did you notice how I didn’t say jump or dive? There’s no way for a person to gradually get into creative writing. Just as Van Gogh said about painting, I say,
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘don’t write,’ then by all means write and that voice will be silenced.”-Desiree Haros
Creative writing isn’t limited to just storytelling, you can apply these skills to poetry and journaling.
In my post about writing therapy, I mentioned that writing has the ability to strengthen your immune system. Well, there’s more where that came from. I’m going to hit you with some other did-you-knows. If you haven’t given creative writing a shot, here you go. If you are a creative writer, then here are the reasons you should stick with it.
I notice when I sit down and begin to write in my notebook about ideas I need to brainstorm, more ideas seem to come up. Writing gets those thinking cogs turning and just like yoga with regular practice I begin to enter a flow state. And when I take a step back from my writing, those cogs don’t stop at the keyboard or when I put down the pen.
You don’t have to be a writer to reap the benefits. Writing helps you find solutions to problems. Those cogs will continue to turn and creative juices will emerge like a well-spring when you allow your brain to think and write with intent.
Creative Writing Improves Your Mental State
It brings us to another level of self-awareness. We are able to write out our worries, fears, and anxieties. Add those emotions into your creative writing journey. Sharing your struggles through poetry, essays, or memoir can have a lasting effect for good on your future audience.
People relating to our vulnerabilities shows them they are not alone in the struggle. Yes, there are other people like you. You struggle with depression? Me too! Writing about it has helped my mental state immensely.
Creative Writing Increases Your Vocabulary
If you didn’t know, now you know. Let me refer you back to my last post on wordsmithing. Increasing our knowledge of the English language can improve our prose. I want to know what other words I can use to describe someone sitting on the couch or looking up into the sky.
Writing helps me to remain in a state of wonder. It has me asking questions about things like, “Where did the word OK come from?” Answer: It was a joke between a couple of editors who used to write oll right, but misspelled on purpose as oll wright O.W., which eventually turned to oll korrect and became our present day OK. Thank you Merriam-Webster!
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Stay in the state of wonder my friends. Write on!