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By Shelley Widhalm
Does writing fit with a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day? The day is all about declaring your love for someone, but why not for a hobby or a passion?
As you check the aisles in the grocery store filled with pink and red from Valentine’s cards and heart-shaped candy to teddy bears holding stuffed hearts, do you think of a red notebook? Do you want to set aside maybe even just a half-hour for writing—or do you need to, ensuring the blog, article or short story meets deadline?
Do you see writing as a gift? This gift giving and exchange of cards developed out of Saint Valentines. A number of Saints called Valentine are honored on Feb. 14, a day that became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. Traditionally, lovers exchanged handwritten notes and later commercial cards when they became available in the mid-19th century.
On the surface, greeting cards and the notes in valentines all involve the quick correspondence about friendship and romance. Communicating through writing has a universal appeal (think notes passed around at school before texting, texting, Facebook messages, emails, letters and cards). What’s written can be reread, saved and kept as a memento (even texts, if you copy them into a notebook or journal) and serves as physical proof that someone is thinking about you.
Writers do the same thing, compiling poems, short stories, manuscripts, ideas for writing and processes for doing the writing. They become collectors of the written word, saving their work toward the day they will be published. Or they simply write out of a passion and because it’s their hobby.
They do it because of love. 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 the perfect match:
Lastly, writing 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.