E.L. Doctorow put it best:
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
True. Writing allows me to learn more about myself. After writing one or two hours, I feel more relaxed, productive and inspired.
I frequently talk to new (and pro) writers and they tell me that how writing impacts their thought process and life positively.
I interviewed 12 successful writers and asked them this question: “How writing impacts your life.”
In this story, you’ll find exactly what they shared with me. Let’s dive right in:
#1. Writing has opened my eyes to my true self – Tiffany Sun
Writing has opened my eyes to my true self. I don’t think I could ever be as transparent and honest about myself and to others if I never forced my brain to translate my thoughts into words. I now know what I want. Who I want to be with. And what I’m striving to achieve.
#2. I become a better thinker – Darius Foroux
Writing helps me to become a better thinker. When you write down your thoughts, you get to see your thought process on paper. And that’s very beneficial.
#3. Writing makes me feel confident – Nathan Ellering
As an introvert, writing gives me a platform to teach in a way that makes me feel confident. Writing provides an opportunity to percolate on ideas, research your thoughts, then present them in the best avenue possible.
#4. Writing make me more thoughtful and mindful person – Carrie S. Nicholson
Writing has greatly impacted my life and my bottom line. In fact, I wouldn’t have been to quit to my accounting job to be my own boss if I didn’t become a freelance writer.
A regular writing practice has opened up many financial opportunities as well as creative ones! I’m a much more thoughtful and mindful person, and I’m able to express myself through my writing while getting paid for it.
It’s an awesome intersection of return on investment!
#5. I receive plenty of opportunities – Meera Kothand
Writing has always been a part of my life.Whether it was my little book of poems when I was 10, my diary as a pre-teen or short stories when I was older.
The people around me saw me as a writer way before I ever did. But the moment I acknowledged that I was indeed one and that it was my strength, I started to receive plenty of opportunities.
#6. Its impact has been life changing – Sam Hurley
Writing is a huge passion of mine and it’s played a vital role in my personal branding journey. That said: Its impact has been life-changing!
In combination with relationship-building on Social Media, content massively expedited the growth of my business. Just 12 months after beginning my pursuit of entrepreneurship, I reached the point where I could confidently quit my day job. Writing has been a core component of this achievement via guest blogging.
#7. It gives me access to millions of people – Zdravko Cvijetic
Writing is an incredible medium, which gives me access to millions of people, so I can share with them useful lessons and skills that helped me on my journey.
At the same time, it allows me to build a business around it, and provide further value.
Plus, it helps me learn how to be more concise in my communication because adding more words to an article, just clouds the value that article should provide. This transfers to other means of communication, not only written.
#8. Writing makes me feel at ease with the world – Alex Limberg
I’m an introvert. And if you like writing, it’s likely you are an introvert too. Sure, it’s refreshing for us to be with people, but oftentimes we get the most satisfaction from cuddling up with our thoughts, and expressing them just the way we please. Writing makes me feel at ease with the world.
Writing has taught me persistence, discipline, and to express my thoughts in a structured, yet entertaining way. Blog writing in particular taught me to write for the reader. And the more experience I gain, the more satisfying it is.
#9. For me, writing is such a freeing exercise – Ryan Robinson
For me, writing is such a freeing exercise. When I carefully carve out time in my schedule (usually early mornings) and give myself permission to just write for my blog or even just privately where the content will never see the light of day, I learn so much about myself.
By breaking down my experiences, documenting them, reflecting on them—I’m able to take away very clear lessons, new ideas, and get public feedback that’s useful beyond measure for my future projects.
#10. My writing has forced me execute more – Robbie Richards
Writing has had a HUGE impact on my life. Specifically, in my career as an online marketer. I got into SEO full-time about 5 years ago.
The style of the content I write is long-form case study/ tutorial-based. As a result, I was constantly forced to try new strategies and share my results. This forced me to DO, rather than just read about it.
So, at a high level, my writing has forced me execute more and report on my results. This “unique” approach has allowed me to hone my craft (and writing skills), which in turn has opened up more opportunities.
In fact, my content recently got me a paid speaking gig in Chicago. Writing has allowed me to connect with people online who I never would have otherwise got access to.
#11. The only reason I write is to stay sane – Yann Girard
The only thing that helps me to keep going is to do it for myself. I know it sounds cheesy. And it probably is cheesy. But the only reason I write is to stay sane. To stay sane in a world that seems more and more insane every single day.
#12. Writing has made me a better communicator and a more rational thinker – Priyanka Desai
Regular writing has made me a better communicator and a more rational thinker. Here are the 4 ways it has made me a better entrepreneur and a person in general:
- Writing helps me better communicate with my audience — With consistent writing practice, I don’t stumble around looking for words. The communication becomes easier, with the “I couldn’t communicate” guilt not coming into picture anymore.
- Improved writing results in better speech — Although speech and writing are different skills, they’re interrelated since both are controlled by the Broca’s area in the brain. Improving one leads to improvement in the other.Oftentimes we speak without thinking. As writing requires you to think, the more you write, the better you will speak.
- Writing matures ideas — Writing forces you to think from an outsider’s perspective. Regular writing helps me to continuously look out for new topics to cover and react to ideas and stories in my surroundings. Gradually I’ve mastered the art of critical thinking which is useful in all walks of life.
- Writing helps me be a constant learner — Writing anything except a formal email — requires research to support and validate the thoughts. This means finding new sources of information, researchers and trends in my industry.
Now It’s Your Turn!
So you successfully accessed all the insider stories from pro writers. Now I’d love to listen your story. Please share your thoughts and views in the comment section.
Thanks for listening!