A fellow blogger (thanks Maxi) recently posted some thoughts on writing. She discovered some research that said that writing is easier when we aren’t happy.
I have a few thoughts on the matter, so I thought that I would blog about those thoughts rather than fill up her comment section. You can read her blog, titled, Is it Harder to Write When Happy.
Many teenagers and young adults write poetry. Is it because these years are tumultuous? Do teenagers and young adults feel things more deeply? Or do they think that they are the first ones to feel the way that they do? Are writing and hormone levels related somehow? Is that why I stopped writing poetry when I met and married Chris? Or was it because I was happy and didn’t have as much to share?
Now, in my early 40’s I’ve started writing again. Not poetry, but blogging. Writing for me (not school work which I’ve done on and off for my entire life). I’m not particularly sad (although there are some very sad things in my life), and not particularly happy. Is the sadness the reason that I’ve started writing again?
I would claim no. For example, I’ve written on different topics for the last 3 hours and I don’t feel sad. Most of my writing over the last 3 hours hasn’t been about the difficulties in my life. Some of the writing has been about my daily experiences. Some of it has been funny and some of it has been fairly mundane, but none of it sad. And like I said, I’ve been writing for 3 hours.
Are my hormones going crazy? I don’t think that is it either. I think that good writers are inspired by events that are occurring around them and they go with it. You can have writer’s block when you are sad and when you are happy. I think that depending on your writing style you can find a lot to write about. I don’t ever seem to be at a loss for a topic. If I was, I would only have to turn on the TV or look on the web and I am sure that I would find a large number of topics. Sometimes I read something in the newspaper, or on a news website that makes me angry or touches me and I feel inspired to write about it. Sometimes it is the things that are happening in my life and sometimes what I write about is totally unrelated to anything.
Writing is a skill and it needs to be learned and practiced. Some of us are born having good composition skills. Some of us have to work very hard to write a paragraph that will be understood. I think that those of us who have been born with this gift find that writing needs to be shared and that the amount of people that we can reach with the internet has made writing more fulfilling. Personally, I am happier when people are reading what I write and commenting on it. But, I would continue blogging even if no one were reading because it is an outlet for my creativity, emotions and my opinions. It is my online diary – containing parts of myself that I don’t mind sharing with the world. It is a place where I can laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously – which is something I need to do more frequently.
What do you think?