I Love the Writing of Writing

NaBloPoMoI’m participating in NaBloPoMo. Sometimes I’ll use the prompts. Sometimes I won’t. Today I will.

I love the writing of writing.

Even before my love of photography or my interest in all things computer and then Internet, I loved writing. I was that girl with four journals, two notebooks and random scraps of paper stuffed here and there; each contained a thought, a poem, a moment, my words. I wrote to write. Non-stop. I got in trouble in both middle and high school for writing when I should have been listening. I wrote all the time.


Now I write for various reasons. Writing pays my bills. Writing heals me. Writing is fun, is hard, is challenging, is easy. Writing is an escape. Writing grounds me. Even though I have other passions — my photography, reading, cooking, sleeping, reading others’ writing on the web — I return to writing when I need to settle down, refocus. I come back to writing when I need to reevaluate where I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going.

It has taken years for me to settle into the fact that I am, at heart, a writer. I’m many other things as well, but I’ve always been a writer. As I continue on this journey, I am finding it most important to remember that what I love about writing is writing. Even when the deadlines loom and the new prospects are scary and the race is hard — I love writing.

[Are you participating in NaBloPoMo? Let me know! I’d love to stop by your posts this month.]


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11 Replies to “I Love the Writing of Writing”

  1. Your last two sentences spoke to me the most! We get into writing fields (whatever they may be) because of the love of writing. And that’s what’s important.

    (PS, I’m throwing my hat into the NaBloPoMo ring, too. Gotta do it, for the love of writing.)

  2. I also love writing. I can’t sing nor dance but I can certainly glue words and thoughts together. It is an exhaust system for the flooding ideas about war, health, politics and romance. It could keep the 300 an hour therapists at bay. Right?

  3. I don’t consider myself a writer. I ‘m a talker. I consider my blog to be me talking so it works out. Writing has and is not easy for me. While talking I can blather on about anything, skipping from subject to subject and back to the 1st one again, that doesn’t go well when written down. At least not in school! I’m to chicken to try NaBloPoMo. Hats off to you!

  4. I love that part you said about writing helps you to see where you’ve been and where you’re going, I’d have to agree that that’s one of the best parts!

    great piece! :)

  5. i am also doing NaBloPoMo – and i am using that as an excuse to comment, as opposed to lurking, which i usually do. (sorry, i am a big ol’ giant chicken.)

    anyway. i have always considered myself a writer, too, way back as far as i can remember. i have journals full of bad poetry and weird stories and what have you from, like, 4th grade or something. as i get older i find my favorite thing about writing – seriously – is having something to do with my hands when everything else spins around me, because if i can keep my hands occupied, i can keep my mind occupied, and that (generally) keeps me out of trouble.

  6. Wonderful. And it makes me want to approach my own writing with a renewed vigor. Writing IS hard, yes, but the challenging things always seem to be the best things in the long run. (Hello, parenthood?)

    Thanks for the reminder. Oooh, and I’m doing NaBloPoMo too! One day down so far; go me! :-)

  7. I’m doing NaBloPoMo! I just started my blog last month so hopefully it will help me figure out what, how, when, where, why I want to write. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but haven’t commented. You really caught my attention since we have the same name, I’m also married to a professional firefighter, and our birthday’s are just days apart… I really like what you write about being a firefighter’s wife, it’s a life that is hard to understand if you are not in it.

  8. I have been blogging for years and finally decided to challenge myself with NoBloPoMo. I can’t seem to get into a habit of blogging everyday. Do you blog the same time everyday or when you have free time?

    1. I don’t blog at the same time every day anymore because my days are so random. It DID help me back in the day to have a set time (after the boys went to bed usually).

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