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Why Do I Write?

06 Jul

I am a person of few words. Well, not in writing. But I’m a person who speaks few words. I think more than I should, and I keep most of my thoughts to myself. For me, it’s difficult to articulate my thoughts without giving them thought. Hence, often times, I just don’t say them. It isn’t something I do by choice. It is who I am. So, why do I write?

I write to share a part of me. It’s safe to say that those who read my words know me better than those I’ve spoken to – that is if you’re not within my minute, trust circle. I find it easier to express myself with literal ABCs – such is the case. And taping away at the keyboard is a peaceful, freeing, and comforting activity. Perhaps such a notion is incomprehensible for the verbal. But this is why I write: to be heard.

I am a person who lives for today. But, I’m also a person who lives for tomorrow. I worry not about my future, yet I live to leave a legacy. It’s ironic, yet it isn’t. I desire to be someone whose name lives beyond the grave. This is something I do by choice. It is fuel for my passion. So, why do I write?

I write to be an inspiration. I don’t know if my words written today, or tomorrow, would make a difference. But if I can inspire one life, I’m achieving what I’ve set out to achieve. If I can move someone to chase their dreams, I’m leaving a legacy. Perhaps not an astronomical legacy, where I’d go down in history, but this is why I write: to change lives.

I am a person with worlds in my head. These worlds home characters, with great desires for an epic journey. They want me to tell them. They need me to tell them. I cannot stifle my creativity, because it simply cannot be stifled. My mind is already crowded as it is, and clearing it is something I have to do. So, why do I write?

I write to take you on an adventure. My stories will not please everyone. They could possibly bore you. And perhaps, only a handful are worth reading. As an author, I don’t know which stories are good and which stories are bad – I cannot predict a story’s success. But when there’s a story to tell, I need to tell it. I will strife to tell it. This is why I write: to breathe life into fiction.

I am a person who is far from extraordinary. I live in a third-world country, grew up in a middle-class family, went to university for a degree, and now hold a day job like the average jane. To some, it seems like I have it all. But an impression is not reality. I’m not a prodigy. I’m not the chosen one. I’m not even sure if I have talent. And this is my actuality. So, why do I write?

I write to give hope. I am a nobody. And if I can accomplish a hint of success, so can you. If I’m allowed to dream and chase my dreams, so are you. If I am persevering, so must you. I don’t know where life would take me – just like you, I’m clueless – but I’m willing to keep honing my craft. If I can see the worth of my art, so should you. This is why I write: to insist that our dreams are important, and to prove that we can.

I am a person whose journey hasn’t ended. I have a long road ahead of me. Or perhaps, a short road – only God knows. But at where I am today, I know there is much to do and much to experience. Today isn’t the end for me. Today could just be the start. In the unknown, this much I know. So, why do I write?

I write to tell my story. As long as I’m still breathing, I hope – through my story – I’m heard, I’m inspiring, I bring forth tales of wonder, and I challenge you to keep your passion alive. I hope to share what I’ve learned, to give through my words, and to leave an account worth reading. This is why I write: to be a living testimony, and to reflect the one who called me.

So, who are you? Why do you write – why do you do what you do? We all have a reason for our passion. I’ve shared mine – what is yours?

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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Writing Journey

 

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5 responses to “Why Do I Write?

  1. K

    July 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Just like you, I’m not verbal. Maybe a bit more cerebral. I express myself better when I write and so I write to be heard
    Lovely article

     
    • Jeyna Grace

      July 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      And today, you’ve been heard 🙂 Thank you for ‘hearing’ me too!

       
  2. ghostcreations

    July 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Tell it!

     
  3. authorvaleriek

    July 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I know this may sound stupid, or…Hell right now I can’t even fathom the word but this made me cry. I have so much going on right now and I’m just getting back into attempting to blog and this…I needed to read this. It gave me hope. It made me feel not alone. And it struck the chords of motivation, something that has been dormant for quite some time.

    “It’s safe to say that those who read my words know me better than those I’ve spoken to”…That right there…I can relate to on such a monumental level. It’s like speaking is the small tip of the iceberg you see above water but is more than pale in comparison to what lies beneath the surface. I’ve stopped writing because I have always been told it was a silly dream. Yet when I read things like this, it gives my “silly dream” life, it breathes into me what others have beat out of me.

    So I know you don’t know me, but I thank you for writing this. I needed this.

     
    • Jeyna Grace

      July 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      I know this sounds stupid, but your comment made ME cry. Knowing my words can be an encouragement is why I write. So thank you, so very much, for leaving this comment. I can never back out of writing knowing my words have such power. And as I hold on to my dream, I hope you clutch onto yours too. Your dream is not silly, and it has the same power as mine to breathe life into others. So don’t, ever, give it up, Valerie.

       

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