Why do you write? Reading this question, you may feel as though you have one bullet-proof answer (for example, to blow off steam, track emotions, etc.). However, I ask you to keep reading anyway—you may find that your answer isn’t so bullet-proof after all.
Tell A Story
Sometimes, I just want to tell a story. A lot of times, my husband doesn’t want to listen to my stories (whoops, I guess I talk too much). So I write them instead. I may write about 10 sentences, crumple up the piece of paper, and never start the story over again, but I like to use my imagination and let it run free every once in a while. Fiction lets us do just that—take our imagination and run with no concern for “real life” or responsibilities.
Doesn’t everyone just like to be reminded of their self-worth? Isn’t it nice to remind others that they are important, too? Writing is a great way to leave yourself (or others) little notes of encouragement. I mean, who doesn’t like finding a random note on a crowded, messy desk that says “YOU CAN DO IT! I believe in you!” I know I do. I find myself writing notes of positivity in my planner quite often. I love coming across them. You never know when you may have a bad day and need just a small boost of encouragement.
I write to release my emotions the most. Some days, I feel like I keep things bottled up. It is on those days that I notice myself being short with those I love, being sad instead of happy, and just wanting to sleep. Stress and worry do funky things to your body. Therefore, writing is my outlet. All of my worries and thoughts come out of my mind and onto the paper and when I’m done, I feel so much better. No one has to read what you let out and put onto paper. Heck, you don’t even have to read it after you’ve written it. You can keep it or toss it. Whatever helps you release some of what is burdening your mind and body.
So whatever the reason, (and maybe I missed your reason), keep writing. Write often. Write a lot. Write two sentences. Write a whole page. Write a book! Whatever you are feeling, do it. If you feel like you haven’t been too “into writing” in your life, give it a try. I promise, writing is a game changer. It is my favorite way to release stress. Just by simply writing out what is going on in my life, what is worrying me, or whatever is on my mind, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. So I encourage you to write. Let your mind run free. Take the worries and put them on paper, let them all out. Writing is my therapy, and hey, it’s free!
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to
- Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
- Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
- Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
- Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
- Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
- Serve society by fostering literacy.
With over 900 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Advisors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.
Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.