It is human nature to seek personal perfection, although most figure out at some point that they must face reality and compromise for just being okay. Creative writing offers a chance to find that realm where one can only dream of achieving.
One can create themselves as fictional characters who are beautiful, smart, wealthy, self-confident and popular. Or they can create other characters based on those they admire, or those they feel only contempt. One can create any type of venue in a broad spectrum, from a noisy, busy city to rolling hills and autumn colors of a rural setting.
I enjoy writing because it gives me a sense of freedom. I can be whoever I want to be. I can express myself in ways that only the written word can articulate. Although I find creative writing to be especially esthetic, I also enjoy writing motivational and educational material.
The latter gives me the sense that I can use my experience to help someone else. My friends and family have always told me that I am the nurturing type, and do get a boost of self-confidence when I know that I’ve made someone’s day just a little better. While in high school, I had an English teacher who said that I had a way with words and written expression; all I needed to do was shut my mouth long enough to pick up a pen. Her advice, although a bit harsh at the time, was so right on.
A decade later, a young mother who was dealing with the normal anxieties of balancing family and work, I came upon an article in a magazine about the emotional benefits of keeping a written journal. I buried myself in the author’s tips and benefits of how writing could sooth the soul. This inspired me to buy a spiral notebook in which to begin my writing journey. The words flowed from my heart and I found that my journal quickly became my best friend and confidant. It never talked back, nor judged me for what I had to say. Within a few weeks, I discovered that I was once again that happy and fun person that I once was.
That was nearly than twenty years ago, but it truly helped boost my self confidence. Although I enjoy writing fiction, at my age it is easier writing about real-life experience more, namely in the areas of parenting and technology.
Today, the spiral notebook is gone, replaced by my new best friend-my laptop computer. Today I blog. Writing in my online journal allows others, whom I invite, to read and share my thoughts. My blogging buddies are some of my closest friends. I respect their opinions whether I agree or not, because one is free to speak their own mind.
If you find yourself lost and in need of a friend, get out that spiral notebook and pen, or get online and start your own blog. Open doors to new friends and a chance to share experiences, opinions and knowledge.