“It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” Ernest Hemingway
Spread your wings by writing in different genres to a variety of audiences. Use a diary or journal to speak to yourself. Write a poem to a loved one. Blow off steam by writing a newspaper op-ed piece for your community. Write social media posts to share your vacation travels. Write that novel, pinned-up inside you, that might find a greater audience than family and friends. Don’t be a doubter. Be a dreamer. And put your dreams, thoughts and feelings into words. Here are six reasons you should write every day.
Writing helps you learn
Writing helps you assimilate and consolidate knowledge. It encourages deeper thinking and experimentation in order to find unique approaches to a topic or a story, regardless of its form. The more you write, the more you learn. And depending on what you’re writing about, you may be required to do research.
Writing develops your thought processes
Writing is beneficial to cognitive skills because it requires focused attention, planning and forethought. It also requires the organization of one’s thinking and reflective thought, thereby sharpening each of these skills through practice and reinforcement. It helps you become quicker at constructing sentences, conveying opinions and discovering your communication style.
Writing increases your productivity
Writing activates neurons in your brain which subsequently helps you to complete other tasks. The more you write, the faster you’ll gather your thoughts and commit them to page. And while you’re at it, write down your goals. You’ll significantly increase the possibility of achieving them.
Writing boosts your confidence
Another advantage of writing is that as you improve your communication skills, it facilitates improvements in your self-esteem and confidence. Writing can make it easier for you to communicate complex viewpoints more effectively, practice persuasive skills and develop your “voice.”
Writing is good for your health
Developing ideas and writing down your thoughts and feelings is a good way to clear your mind of daily worries and cares. Besides relieving stress, when your thoughts coalesce and the words begin to flow, it creates an outcome similar to mediation.
Writing can make you happier
Focused writing can benefit those dealing with terminal illness, personal upheaval and symptoms of depression. Studies have shown improvement in immune system functioning, fewer doctor visits and greater academic performance. And even if you aren’t facing physical or emotional challenges, there’s nothing that can lift the spirits like writing a satisfying sentence or finishing a story, blog post or daily journal entry.