For When You Find Yourself Wondering Why…

Write because why not? What do you have to lose? I know it’s scary. I’ve been there too. You think you don’t have anything worthwhile to say. You think no one will care. You think what you do have to say has already been said, and for that matter, said better than you could ever say it yourself. So what’s the point? But the funny thing about writing is that it can be whatever you want it to be. That’s what you need to understand. You don’t need to publish your writing. You don’t need to let your best friend read what you have written. You don’t even need to proofread it if you don’t want to. Just take the thoughts that are swimming around in that vast ocean known as your mind and write them down. Any thought will do. It doesn’t have to be happy or sad or funny or clever. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking or political or eloquent. It doesn’t even have to be fully formed. Just write it down. I don’t care what you do with it after you write it. You can rip it up in a fit of passion. You can light in on fire and watch your emotions disintegrate into the air before your eyes. You can make a paper airplane and sail it across your bedroom, watching it float effortlessly above the clutter on the floor. You can scribble it all out, write something else, scribble it out again, and then write something completely different. Words are magical in that sense. The combination of them is infinite and so too are the possibilities for you as a writer. So write. Not necessarily because you dream of seeing your name on the New York Times’ Best-Sellers’ List or on every shelf in every bookstore in the country. But because why not? Write because maybe something on that paper has the power to change someone’s life. Write because maybe, something on that paper has the power to change yours.

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