Five reasons for writing
I wrote a book a few years ago called ‘How to be a Brilliant Writer.’ I didn’t mean brilliant as in top of the class – I meant brilliant as in happy and confident, using your voice.
In my book, I suggest five reasons why writing is such a fantastic hobby:
1. It’s fun!
Writing means playing around with ideas in your imagination.Younger kids do it all the time in pretend games, and people of all ages do it in their daydreams and fantasies. Because you don’t need anyone else to help you, writing is also a top cure for loneliness and boredom.
2. It helps you sort out bad stuff
It helps you understand your feelings better and work out the best way of dealing with problems so you don’t drown in floods of tears or bash someone up!
3. It makes you feel good about yourself
Writing’s like everything else – the more you do it, the better you get – and the better you get at anything, the better you feel about yourself.
4. It boosts your brain power
Most writing involves looking for new ideas, sifting out what’s important and putting it all together, which is basically the learning process.
5. It connects you with other people
Sharing writing with your mates is a great way of having a laugh or a heart-to-heart. Sharing your ideas with people you don’t know - like commenting on this blog, please do! - means you can have interesting conversations with people you don’t know. Writing to important people such as your MP means you can make a difference in the world.
Writing is a very useful skill in all sorts of jobs and of course, if you really love it, and you’re very determined and lucky, it can become a career in itself.
Those are my top five reasons why writing is a wonderful hobby – what are yours?