I stumbled across a blog post by Sarah Bessey (http://sarahbessey.com/) and I could definitely relate. It’s a post about why she writes so often – like every day! I think she writes daily for the same reason that I write daily. She talks about in a guest post on this blog – http://www.introvertedchurch.com/2012/06/in-which-sarah-bessey-writes-guest-post.html. I’ve heard of the book that this blog is based off of and I really should read it because I am a massive introvert and I often struggle with how that relates my calling into ministry. I guess I can add Introverts in the Church to my must read list (as if it wasn’t long enough, but we all know that isn’t a problem).
Anyway, back to the statement that inspired this blog post. When asked by she writes daily this was Sarah’s response:
The answer is simple: I have to write. I have to figure out what I think about my life and I can’t do it without writing. I don’t know what I think until I write it out.
Something inside me went off when I read that. I totally get it! I’m the same way. I’ve always said that writing is my way of processing my world. It’s my way of wrestling with what’s inside of me. It’s my way of finding myself. I often start writing with an idea in mind and I find that the post pretty much flows and writes itself. It’s me. When I write, I am who I really am. It’s my way of being honest. It’s how I’m real.
When I’m going through something, you can guarantee I’ve been at the keyboard or sitting with a pen in hand. Things become clearer as I write. Life starts to make more sense. Writing can funnel my emotions into a productive way. I figure out what I’m upset about. I brainstorm and I dream about what I can do.
Writing frees me in a way very few things can. That is why I write daily. I’m sure not everyone appreciates daily blog posts, but this is my life. This is who I am. I am a writer.