Loretta's Countdown to 60

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You should write

You should write.

I’m serious. You should consider writing. The last few weeks, I haven’t made time to write.

I almost wrote that I haven’t “had” time to write.

But the truth is, I haven’t made the time for myself. And a funny thing happened because of it. First, I missed it, which wasn’t a surprise. But then something else happened that was unexpected. I started “writing”, but only in my head.

I had a hard time focusing on things around me, because my brain was full of words and stories. Can you imagine trying to go to sleep when your brain is full of stuff? Well, yes, I’m sure you can, which is why I said you should write.

I’ve been journaling most of my life, not knowing that the biggest take-away from it was clearing my brain. Apparently, I have a lot to say. And, if I don’t download some of those words, it can get pretty overwhelming.

Maybe you can relate to that?

I know some of you are going to say, “I can’t write”. But the truth is, you can. The reason I know this is because I used to say that all the time too.

I still get a little pit in my stomach thinking someone way smarter than me and who is a “real writer” is going to laugh at my style. But I also decided that’s okay. I saw a quote from Stephen King today, which sums it up for me:

“It wasn’t written for money. It was written so I could see better”.

Not only does writing help clear my head, but it helps me see better too. Pouring out my story these last months has been the best thing I have done for myself. (Thank you for that)

I would like to invite you to do the same. I have been fortunate enough to have a few people writing to me and telling me their stories. It conveys to me that we have a need to share our lives with others.

So let go of what anyone else may think, and write. Share it or not, it’s up to you. But you may be surprised just how helpful it is, and who knows, there may be a writer in there, waiting to get out.

Are you a writer? Is your story inside, waiting to come out?

18 Comments

  1. Yes, yes, and YES!!! I’ve been right there the past week (especially). And I’ve had those thoughts about a “real” writer laughing at what I write/wrote too. Everyone started somewhere. If you have something to say, write it. You never know who it might resonate with!

  2. pssshhhaw! you are a terrific writer and fantastic storyteller! Looking forward to reading more in the new year!

  3. I’ve been writing all my life, too! Diaries as a teen, short stories, letters, thoughts, etc. It has always been therapy for me. Sometimes I regret what I write, but I always feel that it helps me somehow. I just hope those that are on the receiving end of what I have to say know that my words come from my heart and I would never intentionally write anything to hurt anyone! Like you, I sometimes worry I’m not as smart (or as educated, or refined, or whatever negative thought pops up at the time) but as I get older, I really don’t care as much. I am who I am, partly because of what has occurred in my life, not anyone else’s!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-01-02 at 13:38

      Good for you Mary.

      I can relate to the regretting what I’ve written…unfortunately. I am glad you are writing, and that you can relate to me!

  4. I like this idea of clearing my brain through writing especially before bed. I’ve done this before only to peter out after awhile. I need to take it back up even if I just make bullet points in a journal!

  5. Julie Augustyn

    2018-01-02 at 13:18

    I do enjoy your writing Loretta! I enjoy reading your thoughts and getting to know you through your blog! You shouldn’t be so critical of yourself!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-01-02 at 13:43

      Thank you Julie! I’m usual not too bad, but I still get the occasional pang!

  6. Writing is so cathartic, isn’t it?!

  7. Writing, journaling, blogging is good for the mind, body and soul and I enjoy it and have been doing it since the 70s!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-01-03 at 15:40

      That is wonderful Antionette! I’ve been journaling since the 80’s so you have me beat! Thanks for checking in. 🙂

  8. Carrie Myers

    2018-01-17 at 13:48

    I definitely can relate. This past year the writing has been so wonderful to do. I haven’t started writing my story or stories yet but I do think about them. I also think someone is going to tell me I’m an imposter or fraud about my writing and that I shouldn’t do my blog. it’s scary to put it out t there.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-01-17 at 13:49

      It is so scary! Isn’t it funny, you and I have both been published in Better After 50, and we still question our writing ability. I think it’s common among most of us, though.

      I love your writing and your blog!!

  9. Christine Ooi

    2018-09-19 at 05:07

    Hi Loretta…was reading your latest post and came across this post. I have a desire to write what is on my mind but don’t know where to start. I used to write a blog under blogspot.com but i cant seem to log in to my blog. I will need to create one to start writing. Do you have any website to recommend? Christine

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-09-19 at 07:03

      Hi Christine,
      I’m glad you decided to write again. I use WordPress as it is user friendly and easy to learn.

      Good luck with it and I’m excited for you!!
      Xx

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