Besides writing, Zoey the Cute Dachshund is another of my Valentine’s Day loves!
By Shelley Widhalm
Valentine’s Day is about declaring your love for someone—or something.
It’s about cards, flowers and candy. But it also can be about other loves— a hobby, a passion or a job.
For me, my love is writing, and a close second is editing.
Here are a few things to love about writing:
- Writing is a way to figure out what you really think or feel about something.
- It’s a way to be creative.
- It’s a way to play around with words and language.
- It’s a way to improve your understanding of words and how to be concise with language and how to effectively get message across.
- It’s a way to express yourself, using your intelligent and creative minds at the same time.
- It’s a way to make connections with text, memory or experiences that you might not otherwise make by thinking or talking.
- It’s a way to tell stories and disappear into another world, where you don’t see the page and can’t tell you’re writing.
- It’s a way to be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do, going places and doing things you might not do otherwise.
- And it’s interesting to find out what it is you created after spending a few minutes or hours on a story or essay. It’s a process of discovery.
Writing is an accomplishment:
Lastly, it gives you a sense of accomplishment after completing a story, meeting a word or time goal and finishing a novel or other large project.
In essence, it’s reciprocal, just like love, because you give your words and you get back a product, starting in rough draft form. But as you get to know each other even more, you develop a relationship, turning something rough into your perfect match.