Why are writers important? Many people wonder this when they hear that someone they know is working towards a career in writing. Why is writing important?
Sure, we know that there are many writing opportunities and careers that are important but why is writing novels important? Why is writing about something that isn’t real…important?
It’s easy. Not noting the fact that children are our next generation, children have something extremely special about them that most people forget they once had. They have imagination. Not just a little though, but a whole lot. So much, that if they were able to, they could create whole, new worlds.
They see all the little details in the world. They ask so many questions and there curiosity is endless. They can laugh and they can cry easily. They can become friends with whoever they wish to. They are so light-hearted and the beauty of the world reflects in their hearts.
As us human beings grow older, most of us lose the child in our heart. That part of us that is light and wishful. We take burdens onto our shoulders instead and we become stressed or overwhelmed. We forgot to sit back and imagine something spectacular and wonder what it would be like if the mermaids and trolls were right outside the door.
This is where writers come in. They have a special gift, or a special part of their heart that stays alive. They are those people that others might say, “Are still a child at heart.”
Writers can pretend. They can go in their room and they can be content with their toys…papers and pens and some broken pencils. Journals and books. It’s the best toys possible to play with.
When its time to stop, they groan and moan and wish it wasn’t time. When its time for sleep, they hide under their bed covers and giggle quietly as they turn on flash-lights and write out more scenes to their other life.
Writers have something special in them. Some talents that not everybody possesses. Like empathy. They can feel what others feel. They can create characters and feel their pain and tears, while also being able to feel their hope and laughter.
A writer can look at reality and compare people in their life to characters in their book. They can recognize emotions and understand what it means and feels like because they’ve already experienced it themselves while running those adventures through with the characters they call friends.
A writer is more adventurous then some. They want to experience as much as possible so that they can have an easier time replaying those adventures as scenes in a novel. They have to know the feeling of wind in their hair, The feelings of salt in their lungs, and just overall, the feeling of an adventure at heart.
A writer is special and a reader is too. We know empathy and we know different worlds. We’ve lived a thousand lives already and sometimes struggle to live our own because were sucked into a different world. We have our possibilities at our finger-tips and the library might be where we were born. Never know, right?
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