“If you don’t want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten in the grave, either write something worth reading or do something worth Writing.”- Benjamin Franklin
It’s common to see wannabe writers, afraid of starting a writing career. While many are afraid because of the notion that writing is hard. Others think that they do not have the requisite skills to command a clout of active followers. Not only that, many others do not know why they should start writing.
Today, I want you to sidestep your fears and do nothing but writing. I am revealing in this post, reasons why you should pick up your pen, switch on your computer, and start writing.
But before that; let me tell you this:
“Without a good writing skill, you’ll be doing yourself more harm than good.”
Reference.com puts it this way: “Writing is an important part of life, whether in the workplace or school, as a hobby or in personal communication. This skill helps the writer express feelings and thoughts to other people in a relatively permanent form”
Likewise Skillsyouneed describes writing thus: “Writing skills are an important part of communication. Good writing skills allow you to communicate your message with clarity and ease to a far larger audience than through face-to-face or telephone conversations.”
As you can see, Writing is an essential part of our daily life, there’s hardly a day whereby you’ll not meet writing. Be it in College, University, Workplace, and Conversation via Social Media and the list is endless.
Still thinking of writing? Here are 7 reasons why you should:
- It expresses your personality: In writing, you express your thoughts and personal convictions. So when you write, it demonstrates who you are as a person. Writing is a personality booster and shows your audience what/how/why you think/believe in whatever you write. As a reader of this post, you should decipher that I believe you need not only acquire a writing skill but do nothing today, than to start writing.
- It gives you credibility: Writing makes it easy for your audience to believe in you and want to relate with you. When you are a writer, you automatically express your thoughts which makes your audience see you as someone who is credible. It makes them see you as someone who is intelligent and can be trusted. Even in colleges, universities and schools writers tend to get higher grades and seen as more intelligent than their less literary counterparts.
- It aids Networking: Writing travels farther than you, and makes it easy for those who won’t have heard of you, revere and want to associate with you. With a good writing skill, you will meet new people, go places, and have memorable experiences. Many popular writers in the world today, have only gotten that privilege because they write. If you want to network with the right people today, start writing.
- It’s an essential job skill: Employers place a high value on sharp writing skills. There is hardly any job today that doesn’t need you to write. You need to write a report, grant application or press release, exchange e-mails with your colleagues, etc. So, you need a good writing skill to enable you do that. Without one, you might not be able to get a job. It might even be difficult to get along with your colleagues (if you have one). According to Grammarly, major companies spend upwards of US$3 billion (£1.8bn) per year training their employees to bring their writing abilities up to scratch.
- It’s a profession: Writing is a profession. If you are a Journalist, public relations professional etc., you need to start writing because it’s your profession. For these professions, you need to write because that is what you do. Apart from these professions that traditionally need writing, other professions do too. Thus, if you dream to work as a professional in these fields, you need to write.
- Means of communication: Before the advent of the internet, many people communicate via the telephones. We can say then that it is easy to defy writing. But today, writing has become the major means of communication between persons, businesses and organisations. With emails, notes, tweets, texts and so on. It’s hard for you to communicate without writing. Communicating via this platform can hinder or boost your career, relationship, networking etc. Remember, good writing leads to good communication.
- You can make a living: Of course, you can make a living writing, and affecting others’ lives positively. Many writers, bloggers, freelancers and so on are earning a decent living just by writing. Some writers and bloggers make six figures and more monthly writing Of course it’s not a day’s job but with efforts, perseverance and persistence you’ll join them. And the most interesting part is that, making a living from your writing not only gives you freedom, you can continue earning forever.
Why not sidestep your fears?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” says Nelson Mandela. It’s always difficult to start, easy to procrastinate, and easier to dream of becoming a writer. Why not sidestep your fears today, ignite your passion and follow it up with actions. Definitely you will become a writer who will enjoy these benefits and more.
Over to you:
What other reasons do you have, for choosing to become a writer? And what are your fears of not yet becoming one? Make your submissions in the comment box.