Updated: Mar 15
Yes, writing is a form of art. An art form that allows you to express yourself with words. Are you on team "love to write"? or "hate to write"?
What comes to mind when you hear the word writing? For some of us, it sounds exciting. It might sound relaxing, soothing, or perhaps, even a chance to be creative. However, for others, it might sound intimidating, or off putting. Something they stopped doing once the doors closed after High School Graduation.
Writing doesn’t have to be viewed this way, but I firmly believe that from a young age, we form our opinions of writing and that opinion has the power to stick with us through life- unless we intentionally set out to change our younger-self’s view of writing.
I remember back to my childhood and elementary school years. I was blessed to have gone to a private school that valued the benefit of a quality education. Writing was something that was just a fact of life from a young age and my teachers never avoided having us do it and do it to the best of our abilities. Being a child born in the 80s, that meant my middle school and high school years were spent writing out research papers, book reports and journal assignments by hand. Yep, you read that right-by hand. And EVERY. SINGLE. DRAFT. Sure it was tough and it is much more pleasing to sit down now and write via keyboard. However, back then, when that was all we knew, it was just what you did–what you had to do and there were two options. Either grumble and complain through the writing, or make a plan to do a little bit of writing each time to avoid the dreaded hand cramps.
Our ability to “write” has come such a long way since those days of my youth, but the fact remains, no matter what medium you use to write with, writing is still an art form. As the writer, you ultimately get to decide what you are going to portray. Is your writing going to be:
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No matter what type of writing you choose, you get to decide the art that you will produce. This is a wonderful way to intentionally set out to express yourself. There is something to be said about putting pen to paper. Research has shown that we have the ability to retain information much better when we physically write it down. Our brains are able to make a deeper connection to our writing. But there is also something to be said about being able to quickly get your thoughts out via typing on a keyboard. There are even writers out there who love the feel of an old vintage typewriter. In fact, some of the most popular books out there were written on beloved typewriters passed down from generation to generation.
No matter how you have viewed writing in the past, I challenge you to see it differently now. See it for the art form that it is and allow yourself to express yourself creatively. Art comes in many styles and what better way to intentionally practice self care than through the art of writing.
So, when you sit down to create, what do you prefer? Pen and paper, modern keyboard, or old fashioned typewriter? I would love to know in the comments below!