Have you ever thought about becoming a writer? If you're like me and most of my readers, you probably have. But even if you haven't, you should think about it.
Writing has done more for my life than I could have ever imagined. It has made me a better person, a better friend, and a better husband. It has even helped me to provide for myself and my family. And it can do the same for you, too.
Here are five reasons why you should consider becoming a writer:
1. Your job is to tell stories.
Sure, it would be great to be a published author, but the truth is that telling stories itself is intrinsically good. Humans are biologically wired for story. In many ways, we live for story and we live through story. I can't think of many jobs better than telling stories all the time.
2. You make people feel more alive.
I like to think of writing as life distilled. Writers point out the moments and details of life we miss in our fast-paced society. Writers offer people a glimpse into their own lives, and help them live better stories.
3. You can earn income from your passion.
The first time I got paid for something I wrote, I felt a warm glow for days. It's not easy to get rich from writing, but the satisfaction of knowing your passion provided for you and your family is an incredible feeling.
4. You experience things more deeply.
Writing can draw you deeper into the moment. It can help you understand people and why they do the things they do. If you want to write well, the writing itself will force you to experience your life more fully.
5. You get to bring meaning to the world.
It's easy to lose hope in our culture, to think everything is meaningless, to give up on the world and just chase after your own pleasure.
But I've gotten to spend the last five years of my life finding meaning in the nooks and crannies of life, the crevices most people miss because they're going too fast or they're too self-focused. Writing has helped me discover that my life is incredibly meaningful, and it's allowed me to share that meaning with the world.
I couldn't ask for a better job.
How would your life change if you became a published writer?
Write something meaningful today. Spend fifteen minutes free-writing.
When you're finished, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, be sure to give feedback to a few other writers.
Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).
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