Note: this post originally appeared at: Fear Of Writing on March 11. Big thanks to Milli & J for letting me guest post – great people with a great website.
It was 6 months ago today I launched adversityflip. This post seems fitting…
I graduated some years back from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). While I was there, UNI implemented a writing competency exam. All students had to pass the test in order to graduate. I thought – no problem, as I’ve always done well in school and been good at taking tests.
As I left the exam room, I knew I didn’t ace the test, but I still felt confident that I’d done ok. I got the results and it wasn’t even close – I bombed it, big time. The good news was I could take it again. The bad news was it was nearly the end of my junior year. I was running out of time.
Since I didn’t want to risk failing again, I knew it was time for action. I started looking for any and all resources I could find on writing. I was so hungry (or desperate) for knowledge on writing that I consumed everything I could find – magazines, books, and articles on the web.
My efforts paid off. I passed the test on the next try. Even so, I still wasn’t satisfied. I continued to read, learn, improve. In the process, I developed a real love of writing.
In hindsight, I’m amazed at how this one decision – choosing to improve my writing – has affected my life in so many significant, positive ways.
My improved writing skills helped me succeed in being an effective manager of people. In addition, I developed and taught an adult education class on writing. Teaching this class allowed me to meet many wonderful people and also improve my public speaking skills.
A few months ago I started my own blog. With the blog, I quickly discovered my love for writing hasn’t faded one bit. In addition, the blog has helped me continue to grow as a writer, and find time to write.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I love writing for three main reasons:
- Creativity. I love the creative outlet writing gives me.
- Expression. I stop, reflect, and revise my thoughts until I’ve written them in a way that truly captures what I want to express. Even though I love a good conversation, writing allows me to express myself in a way that can’t quite be recreated verbally.
- Connection. I feel more connected with myself and with others. Writing offers a wonderful experience to utilize both sides of my brain. My blog has been a great way to connect with others.
I used to be a horrible writer. Over time, I not only improved my writing, but grew to love the process. To take an activity that I used to avoid at all costs and have it become something that is such a wonderful and vital part of my life…what an amazing feeling that is!
I’m curious. Have you experienced something similar? How has committing yourself to writing changed your life?