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So, you don’t think you’re a writer? Good!

Writing has always been my creative outlet for self-exploration and self-expression. Growing up, I would craft fantastical stories with nothing but my imagination. As a teenager, I poured my heart into pages and pages of diaries. As I got older, I intuitively used writing to explore and connect with my emotions.

But, at some point in life, I got hung up on what it meant to “be a writer”.

I studied creative writing and I bought into the idea that to be a writer I needed to deeply understand technique, use the perfect metaphor, and be able to poetically string together words on a whim.

I believed my own writing fell short in comparison to the works of others, so I eventually set aside my writing practice, also abandoning the creative freedom and expression it provided me up until that point.

The problem was my notion of being a writer was fundamentally flawed: I thought in order to write something valuable, I needed to write for other people.

I didn’t realize the immense value in writing for myself, and no one else.

Sure, if you want to be a published writer, you need to think about your audience and the benefits you can provide to them. But, published writer or not, writing is a readily available tool for self-exploration, discovery, and growth.

Writing for yourself promotes awareness, a deeper level of understanding, a way to offer yourself guidance and insight, and a release for emotions or experiences you may not even know you are holding onto.

Writing for yourself is an act of self-love and self-care — it’s recognizing your words, your truth, and your story have value in and of themselves. They’re worthy because you are worthy.

I intuitively understood the intrinsic value of writing when I was younger, but lost sight of this when I began to tie my identity to being a writer. After years of not writing anything beyond work emails, I found my way back to writing for me. I now see writing as a tool, not who I am, which allows me to just write, no strings attached.

When I write for myself, technique and expertise do not matter. (Heck, coherency doesn’t even really matter!) What matters is that I get my thoughts, emotions, and experiences out and onto the page.

If you’ve ever kept a journal you know it’s the act of writing that is most impactful, not necessarily the words that end up on the page.

I invite you to do the same, and just write. Write for yourself, because your words matter, especially when they’re just for you.


If this resonates with you, and you want to learn more about the practice of writing for yourself, join us for our first workshop, Healing in Writing, coming up in November!


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