Writing things down

Writing is a fossil, like literally. Writing in true sense started way back in 3200BC. At that time it was mainly done to write religious scriptures, history books and scripts for people on how to live their life in a correct way under different regimes. Β Today, we all know that writing has a completely different meaning or rather it has actually lost in the world of smileys and audio/video dimension.

I started journal writing a long time ago as a child, it was a means of introspection on the day and what went wrong and what could have been better. In earlier days, since my mom used to read it, I purposefully used to write all good things to impress her (I am sure she saw right through it!!). Anyways I didn’t realise the importance of writing things down then, but as I grew up, writing meant a whole new world of personal to me. So, I write because:

  1. It clarifies my thinking. A human brain thinks 60,000 thoughts and my mind is always on an overload of sorts, thanks to obsessive thinking. Writing down helps me find logical productive thoughts in a sea of irrelevant thoughts.
  2. It helps me control my emotions. We all go through multiple emotions in a day and they leave lingering feelings in us. Writing the daily incidents help me sort out the real emotions behind them and then sort out my feelings and put the negative ones at rest.
  3. It forces me to think differently. It helps me discover thoughts that I never knew existed.
  4. It helps me focus by cutting out distractions. This focus has helped me improve other areas of my life.

So, what’s your reason of writing?

95 Comments Add yours

  1. pseudomonaz says:

    I write because its keep me sane… it acts as therapy and let me be real. πŸ™‚
    Great post. Keep writing.

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    1. Hello, writing keeps me sane too..it keeps my emotions in check. I am glad you agree. Looking forward to an exciting month.

      Best
      Garima

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  2. pseudomonaz says:

    * it keeps.. (sorry for the typo)

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    1. Thanks Lucas.
      Best
      Garima

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  3. nellymaree says:

    I really enjoyed and related to this post πŸ™‚ For me, writing is both a tool for me to use to express myself and something I do to escape my reality. With a few (careful) smattering of words I can write a post about something I’m passionate about; talk about emotions and subjects dear to me or I can (on the flipside) write about whole new worlds and characters I have created and “escape” momentarily. Like you, it helps me refocus and clears my mind. Once again, great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Nelly, writing is magic which has different meanings for everyone. I am glad we both agree on the meaning of writing. It’s a peak in the deeper recess of our mind. Don’t you think? Thanks again.

      Best
      Garima

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      1. nellymaree says:

        Hi Garima! Yes, I totally agree and you speaking of writing being magic, I am reminded of that quote by Stephen King…
        “β€œWriting is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”
        Great post again! πŸ™‚

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      2. Thanks for the wonderful
        Quote.

        Best
        Garima

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  4. faatimaishere says:

    I can completely relate, also sometimes through writing I find answers I never knew existed! Almost like a sudden burst of enlightenment. :p
    Writing is everything…kicks my creative flow button right off.. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello Faatima, I am glad you feel the same for writing. Writing is my favourite companion.
      Looking forward to your post.

      Best
      Garima

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    2. Yes, I often write and find that by the end I have worked through something finding an answer I didn’t even know existed in my mind.

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      1. Isn’t that a wonderful feeling :). Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to reading more from your end.
        Good luck

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  5. rosemawrites says:

    Wow. This is such a nice post. I absolutely agree with you. Writing isn’t just about expressing yourself. It is also an expressive way of knowing yourself!

    By the way, you may want to read my post: http://wp.me/p4ZhSl-cy. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Rosema, Thanks for stopping by my post and liking it. I am glad we both share similar thoughts on writing. Going to visit your site now. Thanks for the link.
      Best
      Garima

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      1. rosemawrites says:

        Hi Garima. I am equally thrilled to know you. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to read more about you soon!

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  6. koolitzable says:

    Here is my reason for writing https://koolitzable.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/writing-101-day-one-i-write-because/…keep blogging to stay focus and good luck πŸ™‚

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  7. Marquessa says:

    Great post!”. Lol on writing things just to impress your mom reading your journal. 😊😊😊

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    1. Hahaha…I was just 15 πŸ˜›

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  8. I use to journal to help express my feelings, until it was read by someone else. My journal became a weapon to hurt me and humiliate me. It was like each entry was an arrow to my heart. As a result, I started writing for a purpose and in the process was able to express my feelings in another way. For example, I wrote spiritual pieces for church or wrote stories to remind me of the good times in life. For me writing is a way to challenge my brain and to help me organize my thoughts and feelings.

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    1. Hello, oh I know that feeling of someone using your journal as a weapon. I have experienced the same in college. Writing also helps in closing and healing old wounds. It also brings out the hidden feelings that you never thought you had.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Best
      Garima

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    1. Thank you Chiradeep. You never miss a chance to motivate others you are a very kind person.
      Best
      Garima

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      1. I live to motivate. I suffer daily. And I know how important it is to encourage and inspire people. Thanks for the kind words Garima.

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  9. I write because I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight. Also, I write because of how I feel afterward – so relieved, fresh, and GOOD.

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    1. I know that feeling πŸ™‚

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  10. Get reasons for writing! I write to clarify my thoughts and get them out of my head. I find it helps me to organise things and make sense of the world around me. It is like talking my problems through with a friend πŸ™‚

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    1. I totally agree, only it’s even better than talking to a friend because I come up with the solutions and insights myself.

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      1. Exactly! πŸ™‚ it’s like a light bulb moment and it feels great.

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  11. Rizzyright says:

    Okay I write though, but only when I feel the need too and it really helps to clear my head. I’ve seen other reasons I must write so I’m going to do better.

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  12. amanpan says:

    Great post and well done.

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  13. Writing helps me work through thoughts and feelings. Nice post…thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my latest post!

    Grace and peace,
    Vanessa

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  14. Pazlo says:

    I write because I am.

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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  15. jncthedc says:

    I write to help people create better self awareness and to provide information to the public not readily available or sought after. The blog experience helps spread this message throughout the world. It is an amazing feeling to pursue a PASSION in life with a purpose to inspire and help people understand the various components in life that can help them overcome health maladies while showing a path to discovering happiness and fulfillment.

    I look forward to seeing you back on my site if so inclined.
    Stay healthy and happy.

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  16. erikpanikian says:

    Your thoughts resonate with mine. I especially like your observation that writing helps us think differently. I find that so often I’ll say things that are really only half-formed, and depending on how I say them it gives off two contrary impressions: if I speak decisively I come off as being far more convinced than I probably am, and if I speak slowly and try to find the right words (which is more my wont), then I come off as being uncertain or perhaps uninterested. Writing, on the other hand, can allow for a kind of discipline and space in which to choose words carefully, reread what we put down, change it as many ways as we see fit, make larger connections and develop more complex ideas, give nuance and shade for those willing to see it. Of course, this can have its drawbacks. There have been times that the very people I need to express myself the most carefully to find my desire to write (and their need to then read) offensive, burdensome, impersonal, or insincere. It’s a rare treasure to find people who enjoy careful speech, who are comfortable with long pauses after being asked a question, who appreciate giving their ideas the respect they deserve as opposed to trite observations and pat answers.

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    1. Thank you for such kind words. I am glad we think alike. Looking forward to more mindful posts from your side.
      Best to you

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  17. Pat says:

    I’ve just always loved to write I can remember keeping a journal way back when I was younger about this guy I loved ☺☺ but life moves up we grew apart but my love for writing gives me such joy.

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  18. I write everything down… Why..? Because if I didn’t… I’d forget.

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    1. I feel very similar, in my daily pages I actively try to remember the events from the day before as they are already start slipping from my mind. It’s my tool against forgetting and so much more. My mind mainly remembers the negative bits but when I write all the beautiful things I would otherwise have brushed aside are allowed to break through.

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      1. Wow… That sounds great. I look forward to checking out what your doing…😊

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  19. anumiqbal97 says:

    Honestly for me writing has become like self therapy. Once I write how I feel and what I am thinking I feel so much better and as if that is a more healthy relief then using my anger cause sometimes it’s so much easier to look ‘tough’ then cry it out cause you don’t want to feel weak. I stopped writing on my blog cause of a lot of personal issues but I never stopped writing in my journal. I wrote when my feelings were raw and it has helped me so much.
    Writing has literately saved me from self-destruction. It’s the best way I can communicate with myself.

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    1. Ah I can relate so much with these words. Writing is more than a stress buster for me, it’s more of a journey inside my soul. Thanks for stopping by.
      Best to you

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    2. I couldn’t agree more. I used to just go round and round in negative thought spirals, adding more and more to the maelstrom to inflict, I think, emotional and mental pain onto myself. When I started writing these things down I developed a healthy distance and realised that my thinking/feelings and i are two different things and that I are able to seize control over them and come back to me.

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      1. anumiqbal97 says:

        Exactly! Once you separate your thoughts and your emotions from yourself, it’s so much easier to understand and progress from the situation you are in. I’m great at giving advice (I’ve been told) and I realized that I need to apply that to myself more. To stop thinking of myself as my own enemy because I was in control and that only I can help myself in the end. Writing is a way for me to express myself and it’s become that remedy I needed when I couldn’t turn to others for self improvement.

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  20. Hello Garima,

    For me, writing has always been that only thing I have ever felt I might actually be quite good at. It’s strange thinking back to it now, but there was a time I also kept journals and as typically adolescent and childish as my thoughts were at that time, the need to express my emotions by putting pen to paper was always there. As you have all discussed, it’s simply therapeutic. Being capable of expressing ourselves in a way that not only allows us to feel strong and empowered but also equally allows us to touch the lives of people just like us all over the world. To make them stop and think about anything and everything, to change an opinion or simply reassure one. It’s incredible to think we can have such an influence. While I’ll admit that It comes with its challenges. I myself go in and out of stages of what I consider to be severe writers block. As frustrating and unpleasant as those times can be, I also know that in retrospect to the days and nights where I am really moved to speak, there is no comparison.

    I’d also just like to say that I really like your blog. Your genuine subject matter seems truly inspirational, and I am glad that writing has opened up a new world of possibilities for you.

    Maggie.

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    1. Thank you Maggie for such kind words. I am glad you and I share same thoughts on writing and expressing ourselves. Good luck with your blogging, I am sure you were make a difference in the world.
      Good luck fellow blogger
      Best to you

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  21. Big Erik says:

    I write because I’d reached a crossroads in my life. I could have kept on the road I was on and been unhappy forever, or change course and aim for happiness. I chose the latter, and writing has been a cathartic part of the change process. It’s a way of clarifying thoughts, organising priorities and making decisions. It’s helped make me happy.

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    1. I am glad you think about writing as a saviour. It really is. I respect writing in my life, it’s a way my soul talks to me. Thank you for visiting my blog.
      Best to you fellow blogger

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    2. I can very much emphatise which what you are saying above. I feel a better, lighter and happier person because of it.

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  22. Manan Unleashed says:

    One of my recent posts is titled “why I write what i write”. How serendipitous that I should find your post! πŸ™‚
    I write because if I don’t, I’ll go mad trying to contain this surge in me. Not that I’m any saner otherwise πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I will go mad too, because of too many thoughts. Glad to know there are more people like me in this world who think of writing as a medium to express themselves, listen to their soul and quieten there mind. It was great to read your post to. Thanks for visiting.
      Best to you fellow blogger

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      1. Manan Unleashed says:

        My “Light in my darkness” will tell you exactly why/how I write, should you feel considerate enough to indulge me πŸ™‚

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  23. Shari Staten says:

    I couldn’t keep journal when I was younger. My mother an my sister would go i my room when I was away from home, snoop, found where I hid it, read it and often would rip the pages out they felt were offensive or shouldn’t be there. Today I write to be free. Not all thingsI write are pleasant and feel-good, but I do hope to inspire and encourage others to be and live better lives without living rhetorical. I’m glad my post, “What Is It, Really?” resonated with you…:-) I look forward to reading more of your work.
    #themscloset

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  24. Amra Ismail says:

    A pleasure to be following you πŸ™‚

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  25. I write so much and for all the same reasons..It’s such a therapy for me, and it’s a lot cheaper than actual therapy!

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    1. Great to know you dear blogger. I am glad we share the same goals. Good luck to you

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  26. I love this! I could really relate to so many of your reasons for writing. I write because it helps me clarify my thoughts and find out what’s really important to me. It’s my way of processing life.

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  27. Writing is meditation for me.

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    1. Ahh…those words are heavenly for me. Meditation brings you closer to your soul and the more you get closer the more it speaks to you and shares its secret for its purpose for your life. Thank you for inspiring me with those words.
      Good luck.

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  28. John D says:

    I have many reasons for writing. I use it as mindful exercise; I use it as a recovery tool; I use it to share with my son; I use it to keep me on track; but most of all, I use it because I enjoy it. Thank-you for your post. It gave me a chance to reflect.

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    1. Glad your liked the post. Thank you for visiting.
      Best to you

      Like

  29. wandrnrose7 says:

    It’s a release valve… If I wait too long it feels like my words will spill…

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    1. Ah…I know that feeling. Thanks for stopping by.
      Good luck

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  30. aunttabbi says:

    I write as therapy and as a way of remembering things that happened or work through things that are bothering me. I started 10 years ago and I am working on my 44th journal currently.

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    1. Wow…you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing that. Looking forward to reading more from your side dear.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Good luck

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    2. I’m only at number 12 πŸ™‚

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      1. aunttabbi says:

        12 is a good start.

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  31. complistru says:

    I had always heard that co-incidents are not just co-incidents there is a reason behind every such incident. finding your blog is one of them. our ideas and thinking as well as attitude are similar with very thin line of difference. I exactly don’t write a journal but I do jot down my feelings to feel better and control my emotions. You have provided an entire new perspective to me for why I should keep writing.

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    1. I am glad to know that you found something interesting on my blog. Hope it serves your greater purpose in life.
      Good luck

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  32. It’s therapeutic. It also allows me to savor life a second time.

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    1. So true. I am glad you know we share the same passion for writing. Thanks for visiting. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.
      Good luck

      Like

  33. Bito says:

    I write because i can’t store everything in my head, i write cos it makes me learn more, i write because theres power in the written word, i write because it gives me joy. I do like your write ups too

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    1. Oh yes, words are powerful. They have to be used wisely. Thanks for visiting my blog and inspiring me.
      Good luck

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      1. Bito says:

        You are welcome, and thanks for inspiring me firstly.

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  34. Thank you for the inspiring blog : )

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    1. And thank you for liking it. I hope you found the post useful.
      Best to you

      Like

  35. Very well articulated… I write because it helps me to stay calm and focussed, because I won’t remember everything going on with my life five years down the line, because it eases my mind and finally because… I want to see myself improving at something in life!

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    1. I feel the same for writing. I am so glad to have found like minded people through this blog.
      Thanks for visiting
      Best to you

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  36. I write ’cause I have to. I am no good at orating, I find I am no good thinking well on my feet, cut the argument too short and expecting too much from the audience, but when I write I can construct the argument coherently and spend time thinking. Last year I started writing creatively, what a wonderful way to process those ideas, plots, images and thoughts that bubble away in the unconscious. I write because it helps me express myself and get things out of my head and onto the paper (screen). I love blogging because of the very supportive blogging community. Keep writing and publishing πŸ˜„

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  37. lovepages77 says:

    Writing teaches us how to listen, begins with listening to the mind, next hears the heart attentively, and organ after organ, not much later find that the whole World speaks and you have the ability to hear! When writing reaches the listening of what rests outside and begins linking it to what is inside, it becomes art… I am glad to see so many people love writing, to me it means they have the power to listen even to the softer whispers! Thanks for the like, and for this beautiful article of yours, giving me a chance to reply to you. πŸ™‚

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  38. Writing is therapy for me πŸ™‚

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  39. popcblog says:

    I write to help people, to connect & make a difference in other’s lives.

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  40. hlmwilki says:

    My reason for writing is mainly to share a good story or knowledge.

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  41. Pazlo says:

    There is an inner drive to create. Maybe to share, maybe to communicate, maybe to reaffirm that which is inside my mind.
    I play guitar, sing and write songs, I write poetry, I paint in oils, write journals, and blog.
    There is a drive to express, and having others acknowledge the expression completes a circle.
    We are one.

    Take care and keep in touch,

    Paz

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    1. Yes, indeed we are one universe, one source. Thank you
      Namaste

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  42. nice! I picked up writing again because I want to make something out of my lifelong passion πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by and liking my poem btw !

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  43. writing is like breathing to me, something I can’t live without! I also strated doing my journal when I ws very young. Thank you for your great post!

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    1. Thank you for appreciating my post. Best to you dear

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