Writing for a purpose

One of my players had me review a paper she wrote recently. It was for school and discussed the hardest event of her life. 

As I looked it over, I contemplated the reasons I write. First and foremost, I write for me. I write because it calms me by providing me perspective. It’s something I was taught to do at a young age. I rarely read what I’ve written, but I write anyway. 

While talking with her, I realized I have other reasons I write as well. 

For many years we are forced to write for a grade. We do it because we are forced. That should not stop us from writing when we leave school. While we talked, I told her,

I didn’t understand there were reasons to write beyond The Grade when I was in high school. Now I realize I can write to create art, to tell a Truth, to tell a story, to inspire, and to heal myself. 

While at church this week, I talked to another friend about writing. I write to communicate better. I write to understand myself. I write for me. But I hope I write for you, too.