This episode is a little bit different in that I’m not interviewing anybody. Instead, I’m going to give you some insights into why writing is so important, which will help you with your creative writing projects.
Experience shows that it’s important to write. But why?
It’s a question that I answer in this week’s podcast episode and, I’m not going to give you just one reason, I’m giving you seven.
- Collins, Bryan (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 230 Pages - 02/08/2018 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Introduction: Welcome to the Become a Writer Today podcast, with Bryan Collins. Here, you'll find practical advice and interviews for all kinds of writers.
Experience shows that writing is important. But why? Hi there, my name is Bryan Collins, and welcome to Become a Writer Today podcast. The question, why is writing important? Is one that I want to answer in this week's podcast episode. And I'm going to give you seven reasons why writing is important for writers. This episode is a little bit different in that I'm not interviewing anybody, but I'm going to give you some insights which will help you with your creative writing projects, with your book or whatever you're working on. But before we get into this week's episode, if you could leave a short review on the iTunes store or wherever you are listening to the show, because more reviews and more ratings will help more people find the Become a Writer Today podcast.
Now, with that, here's reason number one why writing is so important.
You can inform or educate your readers. A couple of years ago, I took a story writing workshop by the storytelling guru, Robert McKee, and he's written several books on the topic, and he's advised top storytellers and companies like Pixar. And he gave a great talk over the two day workshop. But at the end of the workshop, I got a chance to meet Robert and I was a little bit nervous, but I brought up a copy of my book Story and I wanted to ask him a couple of questions. And one of the questions on my mind was, how can a writer figure out what they should write about? He thought about it for a moment and then he told me that to go home and look at my bookshelf, and whatever it was that I was reading is what I should be writing about. So I went home and looked at my bookshelf and I realized that I was reading a lot of nonfiction, but I was trying to write a lot of fiction, like thrillers and so on.
So I realized then that I should spend more time writing articles that either inform or educate readers. And that got me into nonfiction writing and blogging and so on. Now, Robert also wrote his autograph on my copy of his book Story, and he wrote me a little bit of advice, and I got to repost this on all the books that he signs. Basically he said, write the truth. In other words, if you're a writer, you should tell honest stories about you and your work so that you can inform or educate your readers.
New Speaker: The second reason why writing is so important is it will help you think clearly. So even if you're not interested in writing a best selling book, writing can often help you think through ideas on the blank page. And I often use journaling as a type of introspective writing because it's cheaper than therapy and it's helped me overcome times when I felt mildly depressed or anxious, or even when I've felt like I was blocked, I wasn't going anywhere with my creative projects.
And I try to write for 15 to 30 minutes every morning, before I start the day. I also find that journaling is helpful because it gets me into the habit of turning up in front of the blank page. And then when I'm looking for interesting anecdotes and stories, I can draw from my journal entries. If you haven't got started journaling, I'd encourage you to cultivate an earl