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.