Monday, May 17, 2010

It Spills Over

Happy Monday Everyone!
I'm just feeling great today about how writing can spill into the rest of your life. Writing forces you to organize your thoughts and be able to express those thoughts into words. It forces you to use your imagination. It helps you make friends. It makes you more sympathetic. Really, even if I were to never reach my publication goals, I have to admit to myself that the act of writing for ten years has improved other aspects of my life in significant ways. Yay writing!


  1. I agree. It has changed my life, and even if I never get published, I would do it all over again. I would do it for the sheer joy of writing and making up stuff and constructing lives.

  2. Here, here! I agree. Writing has shined a unique light into my life that without I would have missed out on so much. Still can't wait to meet my publication goals... what can I say? I'm driven.

  3. Agreed! Writing over a long period of time makes you a stronger communicator. Being a better communicator has had helped me both at work and in my relationships.

  4. Yay for happy thoughts, Davin! Does this mean that you are feeling better about the whole process and where you're at? I hope so!

    Writing has helped me immensely in my life. It has been a great positive force in the way I think about myself and the world around me. This is a great thought for a Monday, thank you. :)

  5. Fantastic! Yes, agreed, Davin. I want publication, but it's just the icing on the chocolate cake.

    I'm a much better person in many ways. And it's all because of writing and the people I've met and the things I have discovered.

    I have missed you so very much, Davin. I still owe you an email. I haven't forgotten. I've just been so sick. I love you, my friend. :)

  6. Yvonne, I try really hard to hold onto that sheer joy of writing you talk about. And, luckily for me, I still do feel that most of the time. I think it's the key to happiness.

    T. Anne, Driven is a good thing! :)

    edithroad, Yes, I find so many opportunities now where being a good writer puts me at an advantage over other people. It's actually quite interesting to see this in my job where I sort of fill a unique niche among my co-workers who hate to write.

    Michelle, I did want to send out a happy thought for Monday. I am feeling a little better. I'm not writing yet, but I'm thinking about writing. :P

  7. Well said! One of the best parts about writers online is the thought-provoking questions that make you ponder and respond, hopefully well enough to add to the discussion. At least, that's what I like, as well as the witty posts and new insights. My life and my mind are made richer and deeper by it all. No regrets.

  8. Like a lot of other writers, I am smarter when I write than when I talk, and getting better at writing only makes me smarter. See this interesting essay about the same idea.

  9. No only does writing help us communicate, I think it also helps us to see.

  10. Damn skippy.

    It's amazing how much writing does for my daily sanity. To be able to write whatever's zinging around my head down is extremely helpful.

    Yay Writing!

  11. Totally agree with that Davin. I am much more confident in other areas of my life because of my writing.

    BTW: I enjoyed your Six Questions interview. All three had such great answers and insights.


  12. Such positive thoughts on writing, especially for a Monday! I must say reading has also changed my life in so many ways including the want to become one who is being read.

  13. :) This post makes me happy. Which is just the kind of thing I needed to read right now.

    One of my favorite things is having witty conversations over instant messenger. That's usually when writing is most fun for me.

  14. I find I value characters now, but also value the rich diversity of people I come across. Because we look for brilliant flaws for our characters, I come to love the people I meet who can inspire those flaw (thank-you rude obnoxious lady and sleazy drunk man!)

  15. I've never really thought about it, but you make a really good point. Writing effects every facet life.

  16. Dang, I wish I could agree...but...

    Writing makes me want to let the housework go.

    Writing makes me want to avoid making a lot of social plans.

    Writing makes me choose between it and my husband and children.

    Writing obligates me to sit on my butt waaay more than I should.

    Not to mention it's hard work and aggravating and conflicting too because despite all this, I get antsy and irritable when I'm kept from doing it.

    Joyful blessing?!

    It's a curse, I tell you!!!



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