I love to write because it comes naturally to me. It is the way I organize my thoughts and express what I’m feeling.
I love to write because it doesn’t take as much effort as talking. I know that sounds lazy, but when it comes to verbalizing what I have to say, sometimes I get tongue-tied.
I love to write because it is safe. I can write what I think and what I feel, even if everyone in my life would judge me for it if I said it out loud. Granted, I don’t share everything I think or write. It’s just for me. It’s the way I cope. I can share it if I want to, or I can delete it, or close my journal, or rip out pages, or publish them for the world.
I love to write because there is no tone of voice involved. When you read what I write, you read it with your emotion and emphasis placed on it. After it leaves my hands, the message is no longer mine, but yours. I don’t have to think about your reaction to my writing because I usually don’t experience it. You can read it, or you can stop reading it, and I won’t know the difference.
Sometimes when I talk I’m judged harshly and it hurts. Sometimes people don’t like my personality. I’m not “nice” enough, “gentle” enough, “good” enough, “submissive” enough. I hate not being enough. I hate being told I’m not enough. That’s when I stop talking and start writing.
I love to write because through writing, I am always “enough.”
Rachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.