Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.
Why I Write
For me, personally, I write:
- When happy or special moments inspire me
- Through sad, trying and difficult times
- To journal a special event or a milestone
I write when:
- Some particular thing or event is weighing heavy on my heart
- I've taken an interest in a certain subject
- Things on which I am passionate, consume me until I do
- There is great News to be shared
I write for multiple reasons, too many reasons to list.
Others may write for a specific reason.
Some, because they have expertise in a certain area, which they wish to share with the world. A gift for writing and an enjoyment of writing, allow them to do so.
Others are born with an overactive imagination and have a knack or an ability to bring that gift to life; by way of a short story, a book, a novel.
There are those that have the ability to inspire; their words are magical and lyrical and they bring great joy to more people, than they will ever realize.
Many may write on multiple subjects and many may focus on just one.
From the time that I can first remember and, of course, had the ability to put a pencil to paper, I was always writing; in my diary, in my composition book, on the back page of a coloring book, whatever was at my disposal, wherever there was space:
- Events of the day
- Things which made me happy
- That which made me sad
- Butting heads with my Parents, appreciating and honoring my Parents (sometimes all on the same day)
- A breakup
- My thoughts on God, on Life, on America and so on
- Taking my thoughts and putting them into print
In College, my favorite course was 'Creative Writing', wasn't required for a Business Degree, but I could not resist.
I loved that class!
After my children were born, it became all about them.
I'd always be jotting down their cute little sayings and 'special events'; such as when my son tried to save a lizard, an armadillo and even an earthworm....um hum!
I don't think it was all on the same day, I'd have to go back and review my journal.
Sounds like a future kid's book title though,'The Lizard, the Armadillo and the Earthworm'.....someday, perhaps after retirement.
I don't know that my son will always remember, but I will, because I jotted down the details. In doing so, I took it from mind, to paper, to heart.
I now have grandchildren and they give me some great material!
Passion or Obsession?
Most people will log such things/events, into their memory bank (I am not speaking of any devices) and a Writer is capable of doing the same, they are not deficient in doing so, they just have to take it a step further.
You could say that if it is not written down, an 'i' has been dotted, but the 't' has been neglected, because the time wasn't taken to cross it or vise versa, a proper follow through has not taken place.
Does that make any sense?
Of course it does, to the Writers.
It is my experience, if I cannot instantly transcribe my thoughts to paper...if I cannot get to my keyboard quickly enough...I feel as if I will explode; at the very least, I feel agitated up and until, I can begin to write or type.
I will not sleep, when an idea is in my head or on my heart, until I am up and writing or typing.
It really is annoying at times, (when I just want to sleep, when I have a truckload of things to do) maybe if I can just plug a couple of key words into my memory bank, I will be good and that will suffice until the morrow comes.....
I ask you fellow Writers, does that work for you?
Each Unique to the Other
While we have the same tendencies to write, to get our thoughts to paper as quickly as possible, that is where it ends; we all have our own style, our preferred words and methods, our own unique abilities.
It is difficult for some of us to be placed into a box with certain parameters and guidelines, limiting us or holding us back.
A lot of talented people are never recognized because they are too unique, while others are praised for being anything but unique.
Some have the ability to market themselves much better than another, that doesn't necessarily make them a better Writer, but definitely makes them a better Marketer.
Others are left behind in the shadows, because along with a love for Writing, they are juggling multiple things that keep them from spending more time on their passion, life goes on, the bills must be paid and all that.
I know this same thing could be said about so many other interests, as well.
It is a part of the many parts, of me
As for me, I am a work in progress.
Although I have been writing for a lifetime, I consider myself a Novice.
I am my own worst critic.
I do not always convey my thoughts to paper, as I have mapped it out in my head and that is disappointing and frustrating at times.
I fall short, often!
But, that will not deter me, I will always write, as long as I am able to do so.
My advice to an up and coming Writer or one that has been doing it for a lifetime...be disappointed, get frustrated, but never give up!
As with any skill or trade, keep working on it , keep bettering yourself.
Learn from others that have mastered the Art, take their constructive criticism and utilize it. Ignore those that criticize you, simply to hurt you, hold you back or keep you out of what they perceive as their world and theirs alone.
Take those breaks, that we all require from time to time, rejuvenate and then... get back in the fight.
Fall back into your own personal groove.
Just be you; no one else is going to do it any better!
© 2018 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 16, 2018:
Thank you so much!
I am taking my own advice and rejuvenating, but I’ll be back.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 16, 2018:
"Learn from others that have mastered the art"...yes, so much to learn and whatever progress I've made here on HP is due to some of our master writers. Thanks for your hub, A B. I love the personal touch very much.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 08, 2018:
Yes....always jot it down, even if it is on a paper towel. (been there, done that:))
I look forward to the article and the videos.
Write on! A.B.
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 08, 2018:
AB, another super article. One thing in particular stood out to me. It was in regard to writers getting their thoughts on paper "as quickly as possible." I still need to learn that lesson. I always think I'll remember a line or turn of phrase ( a lot of the time I do) and end up kicking myself when I don't. I write music and one thing I do that helps me remember a tune is sing it into the recording app on my phone. I love that you wrote about writing- sweet irony :) I'm planning on writing an article about song writing and posting a couple of videos of original pieces. So much to do! Keep on keeping on AB.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 17, 2018:
Yes Tim...Write On, Write On!
Paula and Peace go together like peanut butter and jelly, Pop is always off to the Inn, perhaps from here on out, I too will have a sign off. :-)
Thanks to you, Paula, Pop..... for not only having writing styles which are uniquely your own, the same can be said for the comments you leave behind.
Thank you all!
I feel a connection with each of you.
Write On! A.B.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 17, 2018:
Abwilliams, as one of your fans you hit an important aspect of being a writer on the head: It's a burning desire to produce something before the day closes. Of course, you said many good things.
Your writing conveys sincerity and tenderness, Abwilliams. There is compassion and smarts oozing through your work. I can't get enough of reading "What did Abwilliams write today?"
Through your work I've gathered a since of who the person is that is you - I know there is a kind and caring soul coupled with the mind, heart, and body that makes up Abwilliams.
Great Job, my friend.
I like your pun at the end: Write on! Was that a '70's reference to "Right on!" (Cute.)
Suzie from Carson City on February 17, 2018:
a.b......I enjoyed reading your "Confessions of a writer..." LOL. I agree with you that all writers are unique from one another, have their own style & purpose.....but realistically, all writers have a basic, common "wavelength." Every serious writer "shares" their thoughts, beliefs, desires....hopes and dreams. It's a common thread. The key is to present your words in as uncommon a fashion as possible....uniqueness. You have nailed this.
The one distinct characteristic of each and every writer is that special/personal piece of themselves that will surface undeniably in their writing.
Your writing a.b. has the distinction of honesty and passion. You have the talent to impress your intention & reasoning in all of your writing.....something that as one of your faithful readers, I appreciate so much. In other words, you rarely go off course in an effort to mislead your readers. This is when it's clear a writer has gone within!
For a few months now, I have participated in a local Writer's Workshop. I can't begin to describe what a fascinating experience this has been. "True writers" are my most favorite people in the world. It's not crazy at all that we each can understand one another implicitly!
Thanks for bearing your soul....you have encouraged me to pen my many realities for being a writer by birth! Peace, my friend, Paula
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 17, 2018:
Thank you Pop.
You have made my day!
breakfastpop on February 17, 2018:
I see myself in you, and that makes me feel understood and happy. I'm thankful that you write. If you chose another field, we might never have met.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 15, 2018:
Thank you Eric.
Yes shanmarie...we've shared what is on our hearts/on our minds...
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 15, 2018:
Very well done.
Shannon Henry from Texas on February 15, 2018:
I see what you mean by saying we are on the same wavelength!