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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why Write?

Why do I write? It’s not like I need something else to do in my spare (or not so spare) time. I’m already too busy -- most days I can barely keep up with the demands of work and home -- yet somehow I squeeze writing into my life like an extra pound of flesh that really has no business fitting into a skinny pair of jeans.


So why do I do it? For one thing, writing is therapeutic. I like to hear myself talk in my head. I don’t need an audience. It’s fun. It’s natural. It’s cheap entertainment. I can write anytime and anywhere. I can write when my kids are sitting next to me hanging over my laptop or when they are fast asleep in bed. When it’s time for bed and 3-year-old Abby is scared of monsters and I promise her I will sit in the hallway until she falls asleep, I can take my laptop with me. The time flies, and before I know it an hour or two has passed. I don’t know where the time goes when I’m writing.

Sometimes I write on airplanes or in hotel rooms. It helps me feel connected to the people I love most when I’m away from home. In fact, some of my best writing about my family is when I’m away from them. My head becomes clear with a little distance, and I remember not to take the little things I love about my family for granted. And when I write on airplanes, it helps me not to think about the plane crashing or the fact that I feel airsick even though I took my regular dose of Dramamine. Writing keeps me calm.

I can’t remember a time I didn’t write. I started to keep a diary as a young girl, wrote my first “book” in the third grade, and continued to journal throughout my adult life, knowing I would write a book when the window opened and I had the courage and stamina to jump through it. Writing is addictive. And when the spirit to write is in my soul, sometimes I just can’t stop.

So as long as I can breathe and think, I plan to write.

22 comments:

Half Life Renewed said...

Enjoyed reading the beginnings of your Blog! Look forward to more good rants....too.

Susan DiMickele said...

Thanks for being the first to post a comment -- there's more to come!

Rachelle said...

Susan, this is exciting! I think you'll end up finding that blogging is a particularly addictive kind of writing. Congrats for getting this started!

Jill said...

I am so excited for you!
Congratulations Susan! You are an amazing person, and now the world will get to see this too!

Andrea said...

I love it Susan. So pertinent to so many of our lives. I look forward to reading more.

kathie said...

Susan - this is perfect as the current crisis is still raising my kids and being long-distance caretaker for my mother. I will get this book for my small group. THANK YOU.
kathie

Christie Turnbull said...

Can't wait to keep reading! Hearing your "voice" makes me feel like we're living in the Go Fish house again!

dhrknss said...

Looks good, Susan. Check the music I just posted on my blog--it's my Christmas Album for 2009! Let me know when you want to know how to add widgets.

Alison said...

WOW! Had no idea you were on the quest. I look forward to all you will share through your blog and book. Congratulations on launching this new journey in your life.

Curly said...

I am looking forward to catching up on your blog and especially reading your book! Praying for you!

Danielle said...

What an inspiration to us who carry all of this weight on our shoulders! I can't wait to read more.

Jennifer said...

I am now officially addicted to your blog! So proud of you.

Katie said...

Susan, Love it!

Kat said...

Greatly enjoyed reading your blog Susan as it is a reminder that it sometimes needed - in that we should never take the little things in life for granted. Your blog also helps me to remember that - from one working mother to another - we are not alone. But then we are never truly alone as long as we have the good Lord in our lives. I am looking forward to your book. Kathleen

mom22gifts said...

This is awesome! It is already on my Amazon wish list! Now we need one of those widgets so we can add your blog to our Facebook pages.

Dave said...

We're very excited to see that the book is coming out soon! It's nice to see this blog and hear some of the stories that made you who you are.

Tracy said...

So fun to see this unfolding...I admire your authenticity and so enjoy your clever wit! Can't wait to read more!!!

Paula said...

Wow- this is amazing! Keep writing and writing! I can't wait for the book to be done! You will be a best seller in no time. Congratulations and best wishes!

Traci said...

Love it!! I can't wait for the book to come out :)

Mona said...

Susie, I am so excited for you; and I am enjoying your blog! I am looking forward to your book and your message.

Cy Moore said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! You are one of our blessings!

Love from Mom & Dad

Cy Moore said...

Hello Squit - I think what you are doing is great. Don't get lost in the in all of the excitmen. lllllllllkeep it coming