I write. I do it because it’s fun and challenging. I do it because it allows me to connect to others like you who support, entertain, and inspire me. I sit down and write because I want to, but honestly, I write because I need to. It’s an impulse I can’t ignore.
I started Adventures in Low Vision nearly two years ago with the reasons above guiding me. The blog doesn’t write itself though and every week I must create to keep it running. How do I do this? Well, to foster my writing, I maintain notes on my iPad with ideas and plans. From there, I type or dictate drafts. Sometimes I write my posts days ahead and let them marinate in my subconscious. Other times a subject pops up and I feel compelled to release it sooner.
No matter when I want to go live, I prefer to allow a holding period, a time to edit. I read my writing aloud to catch inconsistencies and weed out excess. Except when I forget WordPress uses military time to schedule posts and I end up publishing–with typos and run-ons and redundancies–prematurely. Whoops.
Naturally as a writer, I read a lot, too. Books, internet stuff, articles, I consume it all. I came across a piece from the New York Times Wellness blog about writing I think many of you will find interesting. It talks about the known importance of writing for understanding, but adds the element that editing is perhaps more important to lead people to greater change and happiness. As Dr. Groppel, a researcher interviewed said, “When you get to that confrontation of truth with what matters to you, it creates the greatest opportunity for change,”
I enjoy the recreation of editing more than the clunky first drafting in writing. I like cutting words for precise sentences. I like switching phrase order. I find I go into an experience from one angle and through edits and consideration, I learn more is there than I assumed. Editing is discovery.
Writing allows me to uncover different meaning in my disability and my experience. It encourages acceptance in order to move forward and be open to change. Whatever comes my way, you can be certain of one thing: eventually, I’ll write about it.
Whether you keep a journal or use social media or scribble professionally, how do you write? And why do you keep writing as the years go by? Tell me about it.