Ever since I was little, I have always been known to be writing in notebooks. Every Christmas, Easter, and Birthday, I would always ask for new notebooks just so I could write whatever was in my head. It wasn't until my freshman year of high school when I really figured out that writing was my passion more than anything else. I decided to write a book. Ever since then, I was writing. In the year that I have been writing, there are a few things that I learned to love about it.

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison

1. I'm more real with myself when I write than I am when I'm not writing

I've come to learn that I post something for the world to see. When I post my words, my ideas, and my heart through my writing, I need to make sure that what I'm writing about actually means something to me. In the past year, I have learned more about myself because I forced myself to dig deep into my heart and find out what going on in there. For me, there's no reason to write and to take up space on the internet if what you write isn't meaningful to you.

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2. My perception of the world has changed

Coming with an idea to write about every week has its challenges. Going through my day and thinking about what I could write about is difficult. I've found that when I am brainstorming, I make myself think about the situation as a whole so I know where I can take the idea. Doing this has given me the chance to opening myself up to new perspectives. Not only did my writing change but my way of treating people has too.

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3. It gives me accountability

Going with #1, when I write something, I want to make sure that it actually means something to me. I always think that when people read my writing, they then have this perception of me. If I write something that I made up on the spot and has absolutely no value to it, for me, I'm basically a hypocrite. The things I write, tell people who I am and what's in my heart. Writing about Jesus and then going to get drunk that night isn't who a writer should be. To me, that shows that the writer doesn't care at all about what he/she is writing and only doing it for the views.

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4. It opens my mind to new ideas

This happens more often than you think. I'll be writing about something and somehow, that idea I was trying to develop completely turns my head towards another idea. This, I think, is when my best writing comes out. To be completely thrown off into another idea is inspiring.

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5. It has become my therapy

I've learned that I don't do a very good job at telling people how I feel. My words get all jumbled up and what I ended up saying wasn't what I wanted at all. I have found that when I write, I immediately feel better and feel as if what I meant to say, came out the exact way that I wanted.

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6. It has become a part of me

I feel as if writing has become my purpose. Like it's what I'm supposed to do. I know that, as a writer, I have a lot to improve on but I don't have to be great writer to do it. I just have to have a notebook and pen.

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7. I pay attention to every detail in someone's story

I love the rhythm of writing, the way you can articulate the way your thoughts sound using commas, periods, exclamation points, or all caps. It is amazing that humans have the ability to communicate their inner personal dialogue through a series of marks on a paper. Writing is a communicative tool that connects people in its uniformity.

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8. I have stories I need to tell and beliefs I need to share

I have always loved to write. I don't remember what my life was like without the ability to write. Writing has always been essential to who I am. It is the way I process my everyday thoughts, the method I use to study for exams, and the most expressive tool I possess. I love writing.

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9. Writing can change lives, and there are lives that need to be changed

Writing has always been therapeutic for me. It's a channel for me to synthesize and formulate the millions of thoughts that occur to me every day. It helps me make sense of the world and myself. I love the way that writing can help me figure out why I'm feeling stressed. It is a truly multi-purpose tool, and I use it every single day.

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10. Being able to write is one of the greatest accomplishments of humanity

I write to express. I feel like myself when I’m writing. I write not for the purpose of being published or the intention of being read, but for the thrill of putting pen to paper. I write for love of the craft, for the sake of writing itself.

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“Is this guy Love or Death?" Jason growled.
Ask your friends, Cupid said. Frank, Hazel, and Percy met my counterpart, Thanatos. We are not so different. Except Death is sometimes kinder.”
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades