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The importance of writing


Writing is a skill we learn from a very young age. It’s how we communicate with the world around us. It’s also how we express feelings and share information with others. Without this form of communication, our planet would function a lot differently than it does now. But why is it so important? Why can’t we just talk? Well sure, we can. But then you are missing a key instinct of the human race. We all want our voices to be heard and with writing as a more permanent form of communication, it’s a great way to get your voice out there and continue to grow as a person.

Sometimes writing is hard. You don’t know what to put down, what you’re feeling, or what people want to hear. But that’s not the point. You should always continue to write regardless of that. Why you ask? Well, here are a few reasons why:

  1. Writing allows you to escape from life when you need it – It gives you the ability to disconnect from the world for a few minutes or hours and dive into a world that you yourself have created. It gives you a chance to have your opinion without judgment and without the influence of others.

  2. No matter what you do for work or in your daily life, writing gives you an opportunity to be creative, to think outside of the box and to expand your mind –  As we get older, keeping your brain creative is key to healthy growth.

  3. Writing can be a therapy of sorts – Life is very mysterious and unstable. Things happen that we may not ask for or you get put into situations you aren’t comfortable with. Putting them down on paper is a way to de-stress, to internally figure out a way to handle things or to express thoughts and feelings you don’t want to say out loud.

  4. Thoughts and feelings are always running through your mind, but writing forces you to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order – It pushes you to decide on what you believe in or what you don’t, but makes you way the options and write down your concrete opinions. Thus, giving us strength in who we are.

  5. Finally, writing just makes you better at writing – It doesn’t matter what you choose to write about but, like anything else, you can always learn and grow when it comes to writing. No writer is ever perfect.

Now you are probably thinking, “How do I start writing?”

Well that’s easy. Set a few minutes aside every day where you just write whatever is on your mind.  It can be on a Post-It note, on your computer, or in a journal. Is it a list of your goals the next day? Go for it! Is it a problem that’s been bugging you? Write all about it.

Whatever it is you chose to write about, cherish that time, and take what you can from putting words down on paper. It’s such a great skill that everyone should take advantage of and you won’t regret a single minute of it.

About the Author

Keenyn Bijou

Keenyn graduated from NAIT Business School where she majored in Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys sports, photography, and writing. She hopes to make a positive impact in a company through her expertise and ethics.


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