The Audacity of Writing

WRITING: verb. The exhausting process of exercising your brain until it melts into puddles of incoherent ramblings.

Who would ever want to be a writer?

Writing is a creative outlet, just like art or digital editing or videography. And like any good creative outlet, it stretches your brain. A lot.

But, warning, writing comes with side effects. Sleeplessness, anxious pacing, pulling out hair, and sleeping too late are among the more negligible. The more serious ones include low self-esteem, sketchy search history on your computer, PTSD caused by untimely character deaths, and writer’s block (definitely the most dangerous of the side effects).

So . . . why would anyone do it? Why go through the torture? I mean, you don’t have to be a full-time writer to experience the drama.

So why become a writer at all?

Writing is more than just the back-breaking labor of putting words down on paper until they form coherent sentences, beautiful paragraphs, engaging stories. Writing is the echo of storytellers throughout the ages. Writing allows us to explore and express parts of ourselves we never would otherwise.

As readers, we need books. We need non-fiction to help carry us through struggles. We need fiction to help us understand reality.

As writers, we need our craft. We need a skill to hone. A story to tell. A message to spread. For those who find ideas and imagination bubbling up inside them, an outlet is necessary for reasons of sanity, if nothing else. During a dry period in my writing, I turned to video editing just so I would have a creative outlet to fill in the blanks of my writing.

We have been created in the image of the ultimate Creator. For this reason, there is a primal need in most of us . . . to create! We strive for the perfection of our craft. We’re never satisfied. We’re always searching. To me, this is because our souls are striving towards a goal we’ll never reach. We’ll never match the creative abilities of our God. We only have a finite amount of time on earth, but it seems to me that the exercising of imagination, the sharing of hope and truth, wonder and rhyme, is a most honorable use of that time.

What do you think?

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Don’t forget, blog tour sign-ups are still open for my upcoming YA fantasy novel, Promised Land!

Published by Hannah Gaudette

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school graduate living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing or playing with the dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like goats. She is the founder of a sustainable agriculture movement called STEWARDSHIP in central Maine. She's a life-enthusiast and advocate for food allergy awareness, youth ministry, and service dogs.

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