Why Do I Write? Writing Helps Me Organise the Chaos and Anxiety in My Beautiful Mind Just Like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath

Why do I blog? That’s a complicated question; I’ve never pondered it before

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

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A depressed clown holding a sign that reads, “Life is a fucking circus.”
There’s nothing like a depressed clown to ruin your day. Photo by Oleg Ivanov on Unsplash

The history of why I write is full of holes. The furthest I can recollect was in the 6th grade. I wrote a five paragraph essay — remember those? — on the Constitution of the United States of America.

The competition was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR.) I came in second place in the state (Oklahoma) which was a big deal; the local newspaper wrote about me and the other winners. We nervously read our essays on public access television.

It would be nearly forty years later — when I enrolled into university — before I would write again; academic writing is my love.

I guess there are several reasons why I write:

1. My thought processes have improved. It helps my analysis of situations and helps me with my self-introspection.

2. I communicate better. I make more sense now when I talk.

3. I read more. When I write, I usually engage in some sort of research. Research leads me to reading more.

4. It calms my inner voice. Writing calms the inner dialogue I have with myself. Most of all, it calms my anxiety.

A creepy boy clown
What is it with creepy clowns today? Photo by Zachary Kadolph on Unsplash

But then, I discovered the blog. The blog is just a receptacle for my words. The blog doesn’t replace the therapeutic value of writing, it’s just an extension of my writing.

A few words, a few lines, a few sentences of a “bloggy spin” is the simple act of undeviating announcing my own ideas to the world. The blog is the greatest literary device since the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg introduced letterpress printing to Europe with his movable-type printing press in 1450.

The Publish Now button was the antithesis to the “endless delays, revisions, office politics, editorial fights, and last-minute cuts for space that…

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A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer