Why write?

So why am I writing?

Because what you don’t use, you lose. I wrote regularly for four years in college and learned a lot. It was hard, it felt like pulling teeth, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it at the time, but it made me better. I don’t want to lose what I worked for.

Because it helps clarify my thoughts. It forces me to take a jumbled mess of half-formed ideas and try to make something coherent out of it. It’s easy to sail through life with your head in the clouds and never have a strong opinion on anything. Never look inside yourself and work to improve. I don’t want to be that person.

Writing is a way to connect the dots, to clarify and re-confirm thoughts, and to own up to your own opinion. Writing is painful and risky but worthy of the consistency. You snooze you lose. Don’t give up on writing.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.