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Writing for the sake of writing

Doing something I haven’t done in a while

One of my mentors, who taught me everything about writing, once told me that I have the “soul of a writer”. That I have the talent. That I should keep writing. He told me not to be afraid to be a great writer.

That changed as life went on.

I used to read. At least one literary work a week. Novels, novellas, sometimes short stories mixed in between. One week I’d be in Congo as a white American girl in 1960’s through The Poisonwood Bible. The next, I may be in a dystopia trying to resist Big Brother through 1984.

I miss that.

I used to write too. I’d write about the books I read. One week I’d analyze the theme of American Dream in East of Eden. The next, I may write about the horrors of war after reading Slaughterhouse-Five.

So it goes.

Now I don’t read nor write so much.

Let me correct that — I don’t read nor write for non-work related purposes. Sure, I will read documentation on how a feature works on the website we are designing. Sure, I will read Medium articles about design and whatnot. Sure, I will write about my design to make sure it gets developed properly. Surely I read and write on a daily basis, but out of necessity.

So today, I decided to write for the sake of writing. I felt like letting my writing juices flowing. I wanted to get the part of my brain I haven’t used in a while working. I’m not sure if I will continue writing, but it’s nice to get something out of my mind and into the world.

So dear reader, whoever you may be, I urge you try the same. Do something you haven’t done in a while, or maybe never tried. Maybe you’ll write for the sake of writing. Perhaps drawing for the sake of drawing. You’ll be surprised to discover how much you missed it.

Special thanks to Dr. Terry Wilde, who encouraged me to keep writing.