NaBloPoMo #1: What is your favorite part about writing?

This post was inspired by BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), which is finally getting me to blog. Join the fun!


Telling a story and reflecting on the past, present, and future.

Every since I was little I loved telling stories. I always hated drawing in school, but give me a prompt and I would write for days. From my third grade story “Trapped in the World Wide Web” to my 12 page biography of Louis Braille in 5th grade, once I started I could never stop. I always had trouble getting that first word written, but as soon as the pencil started it wouldn’t stop. This was actually a big problem for me when I was younger. I was a perfectionist that never saw the end. I loved telling stories of fun events in my life, adding every single detail, and probably 10 extra words per sentence. I still have a problem with brevity, but it’s less of a problem if I’m enjoying the process of writing.

Often when I write I go off on tangents – my brain is going in five different directions and sometimes I forget where I started. This is actually what I love about writing, conversations, and the human brain. We see this happen in Livefyre conversations and around the dinner table – we start talking about Occupy Wall Street, and end talking about that wakeboarding trip last summer. It’s fascinating how our mind makes these connections, and I think there is a lot of insight that can be drawn by the progression of thoughts and conversation. So while some people think it’s a bad thing if we get off topic, I think it’s even more interesting to trace how we got from Point A to Point Z.

Here I go, doing it again. What was I writing about? Right, my favorite part about writing. I just love that I’m creating an archive of my thoughts, what I’m doing at any given moment, what my opinions are on a hot-button issue. My writing style has changed over the years, but I’m still the same conversational writer, not paying too much attention to the rules of writing. I laugh hysterically when I read a story I wrote when I was 10, and it will be fun to read this post in another 10 years so I can laugh at myself again.

So what’s your favorite part about writing?