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Why I love writing

Let’s talk about writing for a moment.

In my mind, writing is the ability to take the most complex thoughts and lay them out for other people to understand. That’s the whole point of writing! We write to convey instructions, emotions, and even to preserve memories. Writing is what separates us from any other animal on the planet.

There are only 26 letters in the alphabet and yet they have managed to make up everything from Shakespeare to cooking recipes to the script of my favorite Doctor Who episode. This fascinates me – that humans can take language to such lengths that reading a novel can reduce someone to tears, reading a joke can make someone laugh out loud, and honestly haikus just kind of confuse us all don’t they?

Then there’s actually learning the language. How many English scholars have argued over the Oxford comma? How many intellectual debates had to happen before APA style became a thing that was enforced in higher education? Hell, my Advanced Writing for the Media teacher still debated some of the APA rules but enforced them anyway. There seems to be a largely correct section, then some gray area, and then some just plain wrong things. I personally use the Oxford comma, it gives me comfort that all my things are in a row carefully separated by a justified comma. My current manager would disagree with me and tell me to remove the comma – which I do, begrudgingly.

Writing is something I love doing and honestly, I wish I had more time to do it. With life comes distraction and obligation, so much so that by the end of the day I’m too mentally fried to commit to writing more than a status update. Here’s hoping in the near future I apply myself to more recreational writing and less Netflix.

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