02 Dec 2017 Why Do I Write?
I write because I am a writer. I get ideas in my mind and gut and have to write. If I don’t, I choke and suffocate on the words. It’s like breathing to me.
After writing for 30 years and having small works published in journals and newspapers, I had two books published. I now earn more money from writing, but does that motivate me? No! Writing is too hard—the crafting of ideas, organizing them into sense for readers, and then editing, editing, editing. For books, there’s the cover choice, reviews for the back, and then marketing—my least favorite part.
So why do I persist? To contribute to the world, inspire, share wisdom, and change lives for the better. Books and language have impacted my whole life, and I hope to pass on a positive note to others. I have no kids, but my writings are my kids—my gift and legacy to the world.
Facebook may pass away, but words of wisdom will not.
Impacting people, though, is the greatest outcome of my writing efforts. In my first book, DADLY Wisdom, I celebrated 52 dads throughout the world. The dads and their families were thrilled to be in the book, but I never knew how meaningful it was until they told me.
The wife of a professional golfer in the book sent me a card thanking me for including her husband and family in the book. The CEO of one of the world’s largest golf equipment manufacturing companies sent me a hand-written letter saying how much he appreciated being in the book. This multi-millionaire is extremely busy running his company and could’ve have dictated the letter to an assistant. Yet, he chose to handwrite it—an extra special gift in the world of emails and texting.
The most precious experience, though, was when the son of one of the dads in the book called and said that his mother was in town and would like to meet me. She and her husband had been married 60 years, and he had recently passed away. She cried as we spoke, because she felt that I kept his memory alive in the book.
Knowing that I brought her joy is bigger payment than any paycheck could be. It’s priceless.
Thus, I’ll keep writing, for it’s my spiritual responsibility to use my talents to positively impact the world.
A nutritionist of mine once said, “The artists will save the world, not the politicians.” Thus, I’ll “write on” and hope my fellow writers do too.
As Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
Jennifer K. Jordan
For more inspiration, please visit the Inspiring Wisdom Today Blog at www.InspiringWisdomToday.com/blog/.
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