I've come to believe that writing should be an essential part of my life. By writing, I mean writing beyond three sentence text messages and 140 character tweets; I mean writing that pushes your minds creativity and depth.
A statistic I heard in Forbes magazine states that adults who write are five times more likely to have successful careers in business. Five times more likely! Do you fall in this category?
I remember writing the first few chapters of a fiction novel when I was in eighth grade. Now that I think about it, I can't even remember the title. Why did I write it? I suppose it made me happy.
There really are so many ways to write beyond the typical five page paper that's forced upon us in our educational life. In fact I would venture to say that writing on a uninteresting topic with very set expectations isn't very beneficial at all. No, I'm talking about the fun and creative writing such as the following:
- Writing in a blog (Wordpress.com is a perfect platform)
- Writing in a journal (Where would we be without our ancestors words?)
- Writing on social media (Not necessarily the mindless 140 tweets as mentioned above, but there is really fun and creative writing that we can do on social media. Even if it is shorter than other avenues.)
- Writing a novel (Not for the faint of heart, but why not!)
- Writing the occasional letter (Sometimes the old fashioned way is the best way. My Grandma is the best example of this; she wrote me a letter nearly every week when I lived in England for two years.)
- Writing in business (an essential, and often overlooked skill in business is writing)
- Writing creative content (website development and advertising copy to name a few)
For some reason, I have always been in love with writing and I fail to understand why some people avoid it like the plague. I mean, an avoidance of math would be understandable, but I love how writing enables one to fully push their creative spirit.
J.K. Rowling has been quoted saying, "The idea of just wondering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing that takes me for a while is just bliss."
This quote is particularly interesting knowing that J.K. Rowling first had the idea and first begun writing the epic story of Harry Potter while sitting in a small cafe in The UK. Really, anything is possible when we write.
So what is my challenge to you this week? Well isn't it clear...
Just to begin writing in some capacity. I believe if you do, you will become more effective in every capacity.