Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Writing What You Need

Hello!  It's been a while since I have posted, but wanted to share some thoughts about writing. As writers, we all have different reasons for doing what we do: we write for money, we write for clients, and if we're blessed, we write for pleasure. 

As students, we learn the different possible purposes of writing: writing for information, writing for expression, and writing for persuasion. And these are all true. 

But there is one more reason for writing, that we seem to have failed to mention: writing to learn, and writing for what you need. This is the most awesome kind of writing! This is realizing what you need, and then writing it, so it's there for others. 

Harriet, Viscountess Duncannon
 and her Two Sons,
Frederick and John,

Source: Wikipedia
One article I wrote like this was for Mother's Day. Three years ago, I was really struggling with dealing with my Mom's passing, and looked for ideas on what to do, as a woman who has lost her mother, on Mother's day. I found very little to help me. 

So, I started  it for myself, encouraging myself, with  ideas of how to handle Mother's Day without your mother

This article has helped many people, and I think it was because I wrote it to help myself, first, and then others. Another thing I wrote to help myself heal was called "What Not To Do When Being Bullied At Work." 

By writing this article, I analyzed what had gone wrong in a bullying situation I had at work. Writing the article helped me see clearly what I done wrong, and to move on to better things. 

The thing about "writing what you need," is that doing so tends to resonate with people on a deep level. Both of these articles have had a tremendous response, and have helped many people. Why? They were written from the heart, and written from need. And this is a different, more urgent kind of writing. 

What about you? Have you written "what you need," and have had it help others? Or have you read something written from the heart, and been deeply touched by it? Share with me! 

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  1. What a great thought... I guess I've written a lot about what I need on my blog. I can't recall anything off the top of my head - but after three years of writing daily, I'm sure there's something on there.. LOL Writing is something I do to help me feel better and sort out all of my emotions..and there's really no better remedy to any form of emotional ailment than writing.

  2. Joanna, I completely agree. Writing is a form of therapy, the best. Thanks so much for the comment!

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