As I have told you in some of my posts, I used to write a lot of fan fiction and also read a lot of it, too. It is a time I have spent filled with joy and happiness, and I would not take it back no matter what. Once in a while, here comes a show or a book or a movie that makes you feel so inspired and so full with ideas that there is no other choice than to take them out there and show them to others. I personally think there are great benefits associated to writing, and that everyone should try writing at least once in their lifetime. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
Everything can be turned into a story
Writing is a medium of communication that is natural to everyone. For instance, no matter how much I appreciate great paintings, I cannot simply grab a brush and start painting. And I am not talking about painting the Mona Lisa, but getting out on the canvas something that is at least viewable without having the viewer draw back in horror at the lack of talent I exhibit. So goes for music and other arts. But not the same thing happens to writing. Everyone learns to read and write from an early age. Getting words on paper is not prevented by any technical issue, and you do not have to be a born talent to tell a story.
Take one subject of interest for you, an event or a situation, and write it down. There is nothing simpler than that. As long as you are honest to yourself, and you are not trying to write to impress, but rather to tell that specific story, your results will come up better than you think.
It is the kind of productive procrastination you will surely love
Even when you are not in the mood of doing anything, and you prefer lazing around, you are still thinking of something. Now, if you do not really want to procrastinate, try writing what’s on your mind! Be it a diary, a short novel, even non-fiction, what you are going to put down in writing will still count for something, instead of doing nothing at all.
Experience new fantastic lives
Human beings are limited in their lives by physical boundaries and choices. If you are an office worker, chances are you will be doing that all your life. But that does not stop you from dreaming about being James Bond, or one of the characters in Lord of the Rings. There is no limit to your imagination, and you will feel tremendous satisfaction at reading what you have written. Why? Because it is something you created, something that says something about you, and a good exercise for a head full of ideas.
I sincerely recommend everyone writing at least once. It is a good exercise for your mind and your imagination that will fill your heart with gladness.