He is an Industrial Engineer who pursued teaching as his career for good. He loves to write. He also loves to travel.
A Memory to Look Back
When I was in high school, I had the desire to write. But, I did not think much of the genre. I just wrote whatever my mind perceived. In other words, I let my hand transform my thoughts into sentences until it became a composition.
It was a composition about the lessons I learned from my experiences. It was about the activities our teacher has given us at school. It was about the places I have been. It was a composition of whatever topic I thought until I was hooked on it.
Since then, I decided to keep writing. Whenever I had free time, I turned on the computer and started to pour out my thoughts. Sometimes when I was feeling blue, I also wrote about it. And whatever I was feeling as long as I was free, I would write. By doing this more often, it made me fall in love with writing. Not only that, I discovered its wonders.
Reasons That Make Writing Difficult
I believe all of us has the potential to write. The writing activities we did in school like essay writing, journal writing or even making a poem were some of the few proofs of it. Through these activities, we would have developed more our writing skill.
On the other hand, those activities could also be the reason we avoided writing because we found it difficult. But if we could determine its causes, we could certainly come up with steps that would encourage us to ink out our thoughts, ideas, and emotions.
What hindered me to write?
A question I asked myself. So, I decided to write a list of it as my reply. The following were:
- You were uncertain how to begin. When our teacher gave us writing activities, I usually had a blank sheet of paper with just my name on it. I had a hard time figuring out what to write first. I spend most of my time thinking how to begin. But it did not mean I had no idea in mind. I had a lot. Only I was confused which one could be a good start.
- You are afraid of making mistakes. It is not the act of making mistakes but, it is our fear of being rejected. And this is true even in expressing our ideas. We sometimes tend to suppress our emotions and thoughts because of rejection. It was the thought that one might disagree with us or others would not be pleased. As a result, we would develop inferiority and eventually, we would not be able to express our selves.
- You have less knowledge about a topic. You cannot share what you do not have. In other words, you cannot write what you do not know. Writing is a skill where you write your expertise or experiences. So if you do not have in-depth knowledge about something, then it would be difficult for you to write.
- You do not have reasons to do it. Doing something for nothing is unsatisfying. We need motivation and purpose. Without it, we surely would stop doing.
Getting You to Write
Acknowledging and accepting your shortcomings are not just enough to get you started. You need to cope with it by thinking ways to overcome them. With that, I have these simple tips for you to consider:
- Write whatever is in your head with no apprehensions and restrictions. Just write. In this way, you try to empty the bottleneck of ideas in your head. Then the more you're empty, the more ideas you could find underneath. It is like mining. Golds are in the deep. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Just keep writing.
- Find time to write your thoughts every day. Either skill or talent needs the practice to develop it. You need to parcel out time regularly. According to study, you need to spend two (2) hours every day to hone your skill. You could also keep a journal for you to do this.
- Read other related sources. To rely on oneself is good but it is better to seek guidance from experts. So asking for help from professional or reading books could help you improve your knowledge and wisdom about something. But first, you should know what you want to learn so could find the right books for you.
- Be mindful. After you have done writing, you need to proofread your composition. Find out the lines which need correction or improvement. There are helpful applications which could help you correct your grammar.
- Make a blog. Joining a blog site would encourage you to write. It would also hone your writing skills. You could find guidance until you could be at your best. So this would be a great help for you.
Rewards of Writing
Well, I would surely stop from doing this if it did nothing well on me. So I wrote this article to share the benefits of writing which I experienced. Moreover, I have high hopes to inspire others to write and keep writing. Here is the short list of the benefits:
1. It serves as my emotional outlet.
Have you tried being stuffy deep within but you couldn't find someone to talk to because you think no one could understand you? I am sure a lot of us has experienced that. And I am not an exemption. It is when we do not know where to go and what to do with the load we have inside.
Every time it was difficult for me to talk to others about my thoughts and emotions, I only pulled out a pen and a piece of papers. By doing that, I lightened the load I felt deep inside. As I put my emotions into words, I transferred its gravity to the sheet of paper. In other words, it has been my outlet and, it worked well for me.
So you could also try sometime and let's see if it will work on you.
2. It helps you gain wisdom and understanding from the experiences I plot on papers.
Aside from dishing out your emotional luggage, your perspective on your situation would be clear. You could present your what-ifs and your thoughts about your situation. In this way, you have a tangible picture of what is happening to you. Then you would realize what went wrong and needed action.
3. It makes me discover myself more.
It is the best reward you can get from writing: Self-Discovery. Writing your thoughts enables you to see yourself right before you. You could discover your various feelings. It could be happiness, sadness, anger, or love. Indeed, it was seeing and knowing yourself.
Since I mostly write about my thoughts, emotions, and confusions, it lets me know more about myself. I got to become closer to myself. Then, it leads to accepting and understanding myself.
4. It would be a good legacy for the current and future generation's consumption.
Most of us write because it is our passion. But, it does not stop there. Behind this passion is a mission. Writing is a gift to be shared. So, through it, we could help, inspire and encourage others. It could also preserve significant information for today's generation and the generations to come. It means the write-ups you composed would be helpful to the present and far future. So, keep writing.
© 2018 Jason Behm
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 23, 2019:
Thank you! Your words are inspiration to me.
RTalloni on May 18, 2019:
Having put this much thought into writing is more than most do when they begin. That you've continued to learn and are willing to share what you've learned is huge. I suspect you will do very well as you continue to learn and grow as a writer!
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 14, 2018:
Roy Lando, Thank you. Yes, in any possible ways it could help. Please do so. Pursue your passion in writing and looking forward to reading your articles here. Thanks once again.. !
Roy Lando from Bangkok, Thailand on December 11, 2018:
Hi Jason, I found your article very helpful. I will use it to pursue the blog I just started today with Hubpages and wordpress. Thank you very much.
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 11, 2018:
Let us all keep writing. This what makes us more alive. This is our passion and our purpose. Thanks once again!
Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 11, 2018:
This is a very unique and informative perspective on writing. I love how you relate it to emptying out our mind. I am fascinated with learning something new. Writing about the thing I am learning about helps me retain the knowledge. I wish to some day earn a decent living with writing, but even if I don't, I will keep on writing.
Robert Sacchi on December 09, 2018:
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 09, 2018:
I agree with you Flourish. and thanks Rob!
Robert Sacchi on December 07, 2018:
Jason and FlourishAnyway you make good points.
FlourishAnyway from USA on December 07, 2018:
If you do something you love, soon it becomes a labor of love rather than a task. Keep writing!
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 07, 2018:
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 07, 2018:
Hahaha!!! Well, it would be a matter of dedication and commitment. If they tend to be committed to so much things and not sort out which are important and not then certainly they would wait forever.
Thanks once again Rob!!!
Robert Sacchi on December 06, 2018:
There is lots of good advice in this article. I would caution that many may get "sticker shock" when they see 2 hours/day in this article. In many cases if people wait until they get 2 free hours they will wait forever.
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 06, 2018:
Thanks for dropping by and for being an inspiration Aud.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 05, 2018:
Your title is inviting. Congratulations! I've enjoyed reading this informative and helpful article. You've given some new perspectives on the topic of writing.
Thanks, and keep up the great work!
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on March 15, 2018:
Hi, Ms. Mary!
Thank you so much for the compliment. It inspires and encourages me to write more.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2018:
Jason, this is a very interesting article about writing. You have given it a new perspective which is quite interesting. Enjoyed reading it.
Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on March 13, 2018:
Thank you, Nikki. I am encouraged to write more by your comment.
God bless you too. :)
Nikki Khan from London on March 13, 2018:
Very informative and interesting article Jason which encourages you to write, no matter what and how but just start writing which is another way of finding yourself.
Well Done, you’ve done a great job.