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Why I Write

It's time to write I have shared before my love for words and books. Today I’m pondering this question:

Why I Write?

In the last few months, I have been reading and attempting to follow Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way. I started it in January. I had an agreement with a friend that we’d message each other about the progress we were making on it. I sincerely began my Morning Pages. And then it stopped suddenly. It wasn’t because of my usual inability to stick to a task. No, it was something else that made me stop.

The simple exercise of putting pen to paper every morning and writing without a purpose – brought to the surface a lot of unresolved issues for me. As a result I dropped the morning pages like one would a hot iron! I have since taken them up again – but that’s an entirely different story …err.. post.

The whole experience reinforced for me the power of writing – as a tool for self-expression, for healing, for challenging, for bringing change. That is precisely why I write – to express myself, to heal myself, to challenge myself and to change myself. If in the process of  reading my writing,  someone else is healed, challenged or motivated to change, that is a bonus.

Why do you write?

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  6. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah July 19, 2013

    Writing for me is releasing my thoughts and stringing them into words. I write to know myself and also preserve my thoughts chronologically. Is there any other way to do it? No.

    I also agree with your purpose for writing and sharing.

    Joy always,
    Susan
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  7. Deeps Deeps June 18, 2013

    “The whole experience reinforced for me the power of writing – as a tool for self-expression, for healing, for challenging, for bringing change.” Wow you put that across so succinctly, Corinne!

    Loved your reasons 🙂

  8. Disha Disha June 18, 2013

    Hi Corinne Rodrigues,
    Writing is different & good experience for some people & some hate Writing ! I’m not a professional writer but even I like writing ! I like write on free time on unique & latest news. Well Corinne your this article is really inspirational post on writing.
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  9. Kat Kat June 18, 2013

    Thanks very much for the link to my blog. I love writing too! So great to connect with others who feel the same. And I couldn’t agree more with what you have written. I write for the same reasons. And I think the main purpose for writing my blog is to constantly inspire myself, and hopefully in the process inspire others. Lots of love, hugs and light to you X x x
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  10. Priya Priya June 17, 2013

    Reading and Writing both help me relax. Loved this post.
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  11. Vishnu Vishnu June 15, 2013

    Thanks Corinne for writing and continuing to do so. I think you’re able to write in a way that resonates with many people and that’s why we feel healed, inspired or motivated reading your words.

    I write also for self-expression and to share the stories of my life. Also to be able to communicate my thoughts better. Writing seems to be a tool which we can all hone simply by doing more of it. But it’s not easy – takes courage and persistence – that’s why I have an appreciation for all writers who are trying to contemplate, reflect and express themselves on paper/or the computer screen:)

  12. janu janu June 14, 2013

    It is therapeutic no doubt unless people start judging you from what you write too.

  13. Jas Jas June 13, 2013

    Wonderful thought Corinne. Writing certainly heals and challenges and in the process sometimes alleviates pain too.
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  14. Latha Latha June 13, 2013

    You are right, Corinne. Writing heals..it has helped me heal my pain..it does a different thing to different people, isn’t it?
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  15. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick June 12, 2013

    **The whole experience reinforced for me the power of writing – as a tool for self-expression, for healing, for challenging, for bringing change.**

    Beautifully, Exquisitely expressed, Corinne. Xx

    I would also add: I write to breathe.

  16. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando June 12, 2013

    Why do I write? I simply do not feel fulfilled unless I do. I guess one could say it’s a creative calling, one I can’t ignore. The process does help me grow in many ways that I otherwise would not. It’s not always easy, but it is what I do and love doing.
    Blessings, Corinne!
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  17. Suzy Suzy June 12, 2013

    You’ve got some very good reasons but I like the idea of writing to challenge oneself the best of all.
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  18. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg June 12, 2013

    Loved your reasons to write, Corinne! And you surely inspire and motivate a lot of us with your writings! 🙂
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  19. Brenda Brenda June 12, 2013

    I still do the morning pages – although not at all like Ms. Cameron says to.. I used a computer. You might like ‘The Right to Write. It’s one of my go-to books, like asking a good friend for a hug.

  20. Pixie Pixie June 12, 2013

    you said it well Corinne. We write to express ourselves.
    Like how everyone else has mentioned – I love your writing and your creativity. You have been an inspiration to me these past few month and I’m glad you write because I get to read you.
    Hugs!!
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  21. Leah Leah June 12, 2013

    Corinne, you and I are so much alike. I write for the same reason, although lately I’ve been avoiding the pen. I got totally sick of hearing myself think/talk. It’s gotten better. I’ve begun to write more often and I even started playing with acrylic paints and photography. Life is so much more pleasant when we create.
    Love!!
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  22. Melissa Melissa June 12, 2013

    To express, to heal, to challenge and to change oneself are noble and to be writing or doing things with a purpose perfects it. Your creativity in writing is very inspiring . Your kindness and loving concern to people moves me 🙂
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  23. Sheela Sheela June 11, 2013

    If a person’s writings bring positive change in others’ life, it means that person is serving the DIVINE. You are truly doing a noble work. All the best…
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  24. Afshan Afshan June 11, 2013

    And you serve your purpose efficiently
    Not sure what morning pages are . Have to click and check
    Hv a nice day

  25. Diana Pinto Diana Pinto June 11, 2013

    It’s true that writing can bring in a lot of change. It’s more fulfilling when it makes a difference to the lives of others. You have touched and transformed many hearts with your writing.

  26. A Walk into the Woods A Walk into the Woods June 11, 2013

    Dear Corinne, You know in your heart, all those whose hearts you and your writings have touched. I have a special place for you in my heart, as you are one of those first bloggers who turned good friend and confidante in my life. When I think of you, I think of “Thankful Tuesdays” – you taught me how to be grateful. When I think of you, your smile brings radiance in my mind’s eye. When I think of you, it’s your gyan and your blog that’s become synonymous with your smiling image, that comes to the fore.

    You have left indelible footprints in our lives, with your words, your writings and your being. I don’t know why you write, but I do know, that I have come back, because of the very subtle push you gave me… because I felt, there is someone who misses me. That there is someone who remembers what I wrote.. and who remembers and appreciates what I am.

    I really hope I get to meet you one day. 🙂
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  27. Ruchira Ruchira June 11, 2013

    writing without a purpose helps me at times – In healing, in sorting out a lot of clutter I have filled my mind with etc etc …
    writing is a very very powerful tool ! I believe it helps you find yourself !
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  28. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair June 11, 2013

    You have definitely changed and healed me Corinne. Your this initiative has brought back the writer in me. I shall forever be grateful to you for it. Thank you.
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  29. raja raja June 11, 2013

    Indeed, writing is therapeutic for me too. And if others benefit from my writing, that’s great of course. But it is primarily a tool for self-expression. Well said, Corinne.
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  30. Alka Gurha Alka Gurha June 11, 2013

    I am in synch with what you Ritu and Rachna say here.

  31. Rachna Rachna June 11, 2013

    I write because I love to share my moods, opinions, joys and sorrows. It is enriching. Even on the worst of days, I like to write even if it is a letter to myself. The only problem for me is a set format. I cannot write in a set way or do it everyday like you mentioned. I need something to excite me, sadden me or challenge me to pen something. And because of the other professional writing that I do, there is not a day that passes by when I have not written. Yes, writing is a passion and a great way to connect with people too!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 17, 2013

      Lovely reasons to write, Rachna – all of them! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Bhavya Bhavya June 11, 2013

    To heal, challenge and change! I loved it Corinne…totally! 🙂
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  33. Phoenixritu Phoenixritu June 11, 2013

    To me writing is many things, it brings me joy and that is the most important thing. As usual you’ve pointed out something very valuable to me … it can bring a change to a reader’s life. Of course it can, so many things I have read have shaped my thoughts. Oh wow!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 12, 2013

      Joy is an important ingredient for anything we pursue, Ritu and we’d be crazy not to look for it in what we do! But you’re not crazy and I know your writing is powerful enough to bring change! You’re so right, much of what I am today is influenced by what I’ve read.

  34. richa singh richa singh June 11, 2013

    thats a wonderful thought if our writing can bring change to someone’s life its all worth it 🙂

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