Writing is a fossil, like literally. Writing in true sense started way back in 3200BC. At that time it was mainly done to write religious scriptures, history books and scripts for people on how to live their life in a correct way under different regimes. Β Today, we all know that writing has a completely different meaning or rather it has actually lost in the world of smileys and audio/video dimension.

I started journal writing a long time ago as a child, it was a means of introspection on the day and what went wrong and what could have been better. In earlier days, since my mom used to read it, I purposefully used to write all good things to impress her (I am sure she saw right through it!!). Anyways I didn’t realise the importance of writing things down then, but as I grew up, writing meant a whole new world of personal to me. So, I write because:

  1. It clarifies my thinking. A human brain thinks 60,000 thoughts and my mind is always on an overload of sorts, thanks to obsessive thinking. Writing down helps me find logical productive thoughts in a sea of irrelevant thoughts.
  2. It helps me control my emotions. We all go through multiple emotions in a day and they leave lingering feelings in us. Writing the daily incidents help me sort out the real emotions behind them and then sort out my feelings and put the negative ones at rest.
  3. It forces me to think differently. It helps me discover thoughts that I never knew existed.
  4. It helps me focus by cutting out distractions. This focus has helped me improve other areas of my life.

So, what’s your reason of writing?

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95 thoughts on “Writing things down

  1. I really enjoyed and related to this post πŸ™‚ For me, writing is both a tool for me to use to express myself and something I do to escape my reality. With a few (careful) smattering of words I can write a post about something I’m passionate about; talk about emotions and subjects dear to me or I can (on the flipside) write about whole new worlds and characters I have created and “escape” momentarily. Like you, it helps me refocus and clears my mind. Once again, great post! πŸ™‚

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      1. Hi Garima! Yes, I totally agree and you speaking of writing being magic, I am reminded of that quote by Stephen King…
        “β€œWriting is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”
        Great post again! πŸ™‚

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  2. I use to journal to help express my feelings, until it was read by someone else. My journal became a weapon to hurt me and humiliate me. It was like each entry was an arrow to my heart. As a result, I started writing for a purpose and in the process was able to express my feelings in another way. For example, I wrote spiritual pieces for church or wrote stories to remind me of the good times in life. For me writing is a way to challenge my brain and to help me organize my thoughts and feelings.

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    1. Hello, oh I know that feeling of someone using your journal as a weapon. I have experienced the same in college. Writing also helps in closing and healing old wounds. It also brings out the hidden feelings that you never thought you had.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Best
      Garima

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  3. I write to help people create better self awareness and to provide information to the public not readily available or sought after. The blog experience helps spread this message throughout the world. It is an amazing feeling to pursue a PASSION in life with a purpose to inspire and help people understand the various components in life that can help them overcome health maladies while showing a path to discovering happiness and fulfillment.

    I look forward to seeing you back on my site if so inclined.
    Stay healthy and happy.

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  4. Your thoughts resonate with mine. I especially like your observation that writing helps us think differently. I find that so often I’ll say things that are really only half-formed, and depending on how I say them it gives off two contrary impressions: if I speak decisively I come off as being far more convinced than I probably am, and if I speak slowly and try to find the right words (which is more my wont), then I come off as being uncertain or perhaps uninterested. Writing, on the other hand, can allow for a kind of discipline and space in which to choose words carefully, reread what we put down, change it as many ways as we see fit, make larger connections and develop more complex ideas, give nuance and shade for those willing to see it. Of course, this can have its drawbacks. There have been times that the very people I need to express myself the most carefully to find my desire to write (and their need to then read) offensive, burdensome, impersonal, or insincere. It’s a rare treasure to find people who enjoy careful speech, who are comfortable with long pauses after being asked a question, who appreciate giving their ideas the respect they deserve as opposed to trite observations and pat answers.

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  5. I’ve just always loved to write I can remember keeping a journal way back when I was younger about this guy I loved ☺☺ but life moves up we grew apart but my love for writing gives me such joy.

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    1. I feel very similar, in my daily pages I actively try to remember the events from the day before as they are already start slipping from my mind. It’s my tool against forgetting and so much more. My mind mainly remembers the negative bits but when I write all the beautiful things I would otherwise have brushed aside are allowed to break through.

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  6. Honestly for me writing has become like self therapy. Once I write how I feel and what I am thinking I feel so much better and as if that is a more healthy relief then using my anger cause sometimes it’s so much easier to look ‘tough’ then cry it out cause you don’t want to feel weak. I stopped writing on my blog cause of a lot of personal issues but I never stopped writing in my journal. I wrote when my feelings were raw and it has helped me so much.
    Writing has literately saved me from self-destruction. It’s the best way I can communicate with myself.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. I used to just go round and round in negative thought spirals, adding more and more to the maelstrom to inflict, I think, emotional and mental pain onto myself. When I started writing these things down I developed a healthy distance and realised that my thinking/feelings and i are two different things and that I are able to seize control over them and come back to me.

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      1. Exactly! Once you separate your thoughts and your emotions from yourself, it’s so much easier to understand and progress from the situation you are in. I’m great at giving advice (I’ve been told) and I realized that I need to apply that to myself more. To stop thinking of myself as my own enemy because I was in control and that only I can help myself in the end. Writing is a way for me to express myself and it’s become that remedy I needed when I couldn’t turn to others for self improvement.

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  7. Hello Garima,

    For me, writing has always been that only thing I have ever felt I might actually be quite good at. It’s strange thinking back to it now, but there was a time I also kept journals and as typically adolescent and childish as my thoughts were at that time, the need to express my emotions by putting pen to paper was always there. As you have all discussed, it’s simply therapeutic. Being capable of expressing ourselves in a way that not only allows us to feel strong and empowered but also equally allows us to touch the lives of people just like us all over the world. To make them stop and think about anything and everything, to change an opinion or simply reassure one. It’s incredible to think we can have such an influence. While I’ll admit that It comes with its challenges. I myself go in and out of stages of what I consider to be severe writers block. As frustrating and unpleasant as those times can be, I also know that in retrospect to the days and nights where I am really moved to speak, there is no comparison.

    I’d also just like to say that I really like your blog. Your genuine subject matter seems truly inspirational, and I am glad that writing has opened up a new world of possibilities for you.

    Maggie.

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    1. Thank you Maggie for such kind words. I am glad you and I share same thoughts on writing and expressing ourselves. Good luck with your blogging, I am sure you were make a difference in the world.
      Good luck fellow blogger
      Best to you

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  8. I write because I’d reached a crossroads in my life. I could have kept on the road I was on and been unhappy forever, or change course and aim for happiness. I chose the latter, and writing has been a cathartic part of the change process. It’s a way of clarifying thoughts, organising priorities and making decisions. It’s helped make me happy.

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  9. One of my recent posts is titled “why I write what i write”. How serendipitous that I should find your post! πŸ™‚
    I write because if I don’t, I’ll go mad trying to contain this surge in me. Not that I’m any saner otherwise πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I will go mad too, because of too many thoughts. Glad to know there are more people like me in this world who think of writing as a medium to express themselves, listen to their soul and quieten there mind. It was great to read your post to. Thanks for visiting.
      Best to you fellow blogger

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  10. I couldn’t keep journal when I was younger. My mother an my sister would go i my room when I was away from home, snoop, found where I hid it, read it and often would rip the pages out they felt were offensive or shouldn’t be there. Today I write to be free. Not all thingsI write are pleasant and feel-good, but I do hope to inspire and encourage others to be and live better lives without living rhetorical. I’m glad my post, “What Is It, Really?” resonated with you…:-) I look forward to reading more of your work.
    #themscloset

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    1. Ahh…those words are heavenly for me. Meditation brings you closer to your soul and the more you get closer the more it speaks to you and shares its secret for its purpose for your life. Thank you for inspiring me with those words.
      Good luck.

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  11. I have many reasons for writing. I use it as mindful exercise; I use it as a recovery tool; I use it to share with my son; I use it to keep me on track; but most of all, I use it because I enjoy it. Thank-you for your post. It gave me a chance to reflect.

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  12. I write as therapy and as a way of remembering things that happened or work through things that are bothering me. I started 10 years ago and I am working on my 44th journal currently.

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  13. I had always heard that co-incidents are not just co-incidents there is a reason behind every such incident. finding your blog is one of them. our ideas and thinking as well as attitude are similar with very thin line of difference. I exactly don’t write a journal but I do jot down my feelings to feel better and control my emotions. You have provided an entire new perspective to me for why I should keep writing.

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  14. I write because i can’t store everything in my head, i write cos it makes me learn more, i write because theres power in the written word, i write because it gives me joy. I do like your write ups too

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  15. Very well articulated… I write because it helps me to stay calm and focussed, because I won’t remember everything going on with my life five years down the line, because it eases my mind and finally because… I want to see myself improving at something in life!

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  16. I write ’cause I have to. I am no good at orating, I find I am no good thinking well on my feet, cut the argument too short and expecting too much from the audience, but when I write I can construct the argument coherently and spend time thinking. Last year I started writing creatively, what a wonderful way to process those ideas, plots, images and thoughts that bubble away in the unconscious. I write because it helps me express myself and get things out of my head and onto the paper (screen). I love blogging because of the very supportive blogging community. Keep writing and publishing πŸ˜„

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  17. Writing teaches us how to listen, begins with listening to the mind, next hears the heart attentively, and organ after organ, not much later find that the whole World speaks and you have the ability to hear! When writing reaches the listening of what rests outside and begins linking it to what is inside, it becomes art… I am glad to see so many people love writing, to me it means they have the power to listen even to the softer whispers! Thanks for the like, and for this beautiful article of yours, giving me a chance to reply to you. πŸ™‚

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  18. There is an inner drive to create. Maybe to share, maybe to communicate, maybe to reaffirm that which is inside my mind.
    I play guitar, sing and write songs, I write poetry, I paint in oils, write journals, and blog.
    There is a drive to express, and having others acknowledge the expression completes a circle.
    We are one.

    Take care and keep in touch,

    Paz

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