Finding myself in the written word
A column by BY KELLIE KEENER, 17, Freestyle Staff Writer
the staff of Freestyle
I love to write. You may be wondering why I bothered telling you that, as it is probably very obvious that I enjoy writing because I wrote this article.
Rest assured, oh reader, I do have a purpose for telling you this. Read on.
It's always been easier for me to convey my feelings and my thoughts through writing than trying to say them out loud.
When I want to talk to my parents about a problem I'm having, I usually write it down in a notebook and give it to them. I rarely answer my phone and instead prefer to send text messages. Unlike talking on the phone or in person, which would require me to instantly come up with things to say in response to the other person, texting or writing gives me time to think of a good response and change it before the other person sees it. I have more time to think about how what I say may be interpreted by the other person. I have more time to get my thoughts straightened out and can change my message as many times as I want until I get it how I want it to be read. Writing things out helps me clearly tell someone what I want to say instead of fumbling over it by trying to speak to them.
Another reason I love to write is that it's a way to pass time. I can write almost anywhere. I have a special notebook in which I like to write all of my stories, unfinished novels, ideas for articles and character names. But if I don't have my notebook, I can write on another piece of paper, make notes on my phone -- or even on my arms.
I start stories, and then leave them unfinished about halfway through. (Halfway if I'm feeling particularly creative, but I usually abandon them after a page or two.) Someday, I hope to write a book and have it published. I don't plan to write the next classic, but how great would that be? I just want to write a book and have it published.
Even if the book is not read by many people, it is a lot more than most people have done in a literary sense. It's not easy to write a book and get published. It's hard to transition from an idea to a plot that plays out and has a beginning, middle and end. It's also hard to create well-developed characters and have the story flow through to the end. But this is a challenge I want to give to myself.
I want to finish an entire book, to give names and backgrounds to characters, to turn one small idea into a story. I want my love for the art to show in my writing. I want people to understand why I like writing and to try and create their own personal reasons to love writing. I want to continue being the girl who doesn't just want to write but needs to write because it makes her happy.
Writing is how I express myself and I think it will be a way to talk to people I may never meet. For instance, I probably won't ever meet everyone reading this article, but writing has allowed me to share my ideas with you even though we didn't meet face to face.
Writing doesn't have to be a boring homework assignment. Writing can be fun and exciting. I hope that you can find a reason to love to write as well. Try it today and you may surprise yourself and like it. Just pick up a pen and start.