(From Wikipedia) Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool developed by human society. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.
As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.
When did I start writing? What motivates me to write? How does it help me?
I started to write a journal or randoms when I was 10 years old. (I am looking for my old notes and trying to find my first entry but there are too many too little time to look for it, I might one day bumped into it and I’ll post it…promise!)
It was one lazy afternoon, my cousins and siblings were playing on our backyard then the next thing I know I have already composed a story about it (mind-wandering I guess). It felt commending to have a page of your thoughts and to think that it is out of nowhere. It gives a boost or pride on self to have this kind of fulfillment – simple but making an impact. It felt gratifying especially when I am going back to it, re-reading it. It gives me that certain grin and tell myself “I did this?” And those are some of the benefits or good returns of writing to me.
But wait, that’s not the start of it?! I think it started when I got a “Best in Penmanship” accolade from my teacher during my grade school years. She kindly say that the stroke of the letters and the way I did my “a” is very thorough. And then when I showed that note from my teacher to my Aunt, who happen to have a say or voice in everything to the family then, gave me an incentive for a job well done!
So ever since then, I write every thought I have. I compose a song. I compose a poem. I write recipes that I want to try someday. I write the songs that inspires me, quotes that struck me and verses that I want to memorize. I write my heartaches. I write my celebrations and accomplishments. I write about that boyfriend who wronged me or loved me. I write about that horrible person I met. I write about that friend who inspires me and helped me. I write about GOD’s goodness and faithfulness to me. I write about the desire to have intimacy with my Maker. I basically write everything to make me feel calm. I write if I want to “steady my heart”. Pen and paper for me are my 2 most secretive and dependable best friends. These two even know me and my GOD’s secrets.
So yeah…hope you (my readers be inspired to write as well!)
I will be showcasing here as well all my first…..compositions! ^_^