Day 25: The Different Things We Write and Why

I usually try to write my blog post earlier in the day but it just didn’t happen today because it was insane at work so my lunch consisted of a bag of Butter Lovers popcorn And a Pepsi at 3:30 while I was revising an evacuation procedures document specific to my branch after an impromptu Skyped Safety Coordinators meeting. Not my idea of fun but it pays the bills. I would rather have been working on this blog or Rapture but 1 does what 1 has to do. That’s the price we pay for being an adult and being able to legally buy alcohol. I suppose that every type of writing feeds us in 1 way or another. I know that my business writing helps me in my fiction writing because it makes me think a little harder about my word choices and grammar. And my fiction writing helps to make my business writing a bit more lively when it’s appropriate. I have to admit that I like to show off a little at the office when I write by using my large vocabulary. But I do sometimes have to go back and revise my writing to make it a bit less verbose and a little more succinct. I guess that even when it’s business writing, I’m still trying to entertain. That’s why I’d rather write fiction or poetry…I decide what’s appropriate and I don’t have to worry about how it’s viewed outside of whether it entertains the reader. I like a little humor in my writing…even if it’s a bit dark. In my poetry, I definitely like to express my emotions. I write my very best poetry when I’m angry or depressed and you can feel it in my words. I personally don’t like most of the poetry that I’ve written when I was happy or content. It just seems forced to me. I don’t usually share that poetry. Maybe I should so that I can get an unbiased opinion. No, I think I’ll just keep it to myself for now. I like my darkness and I think it shows in my writing. And in my sense of humor. I think that our fiction writing is a bit more indicative of our true selves than a lot of people think. I can unleash my dark thoughts in my writing and call it fiction and no one is any wiser. We can hide in plain sight when we write fiction. And then we present our chipper facades to the world. Why have you chosen to write what you do? Is it to hide a part of yourself or to expose it? Or is there another reason?


About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 2 dogs, and 10 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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1 Response to Day 25: The Different Things We Write and Why

  1. Maggie says:

    Ahhhh. What good questions. I will never forget the day I started to write a story about myself. It was the most benign piece, but it quickly started to get too close and too real. Nothing devastating was revealed, but ‘something’ was there I was not ready to write about. I wrote business blogs for a career and I was good at it. But the subject matter and the research was so boring! 🤓 I much prefer fiction. I can use my experiences if I choose or I can get lost in interesting research. All much more fun than writing for someone else.

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