Writing in all its varied forms and guises is empowering. Not just because it’s fun, but because it is also a complex process that brings our left and right brain together to shape our experiences and feelings into something another person can read and understand.
Writing can help with your social skills. Whether you write poetry, or a short story…or a short text message. It enables you to organise your thoughts into neat, digestible parcels of intelligible information to be readily exchanged with other people. Through writing we connect with our feelings and find a way of articulating our passion. This is a process of enrichment that improves our relationships, interpersonally – one to one, locally – community to community and globally, nation to nation.
Writing for theatre stimulates our imagination. But what is imagination? According to Kant, imagination is the ability to think about objects without perceiving them with our senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch). Writing, thus, gives humans the power to create new worlds and see things in new, previously undocumented ways and to communicate these visions to one another.
But writing does not enhance only our social skills. The writing process involves planning, reflection, drafting and revision, thereby, improving critical thinking and problem solving. Useful skills not only in the working environment, but across the entire spectrum of roles we are compelled to occupy throughout our adult lives. As scholar; sibling; friend; lover; parent; neighbour; leader; follower; supporter; mentor; relative; activist; spectator; witness; champion; judge; juror; companion and carer; etc. To write is to give flight to your voice and your vision. To make concrete your thoughts, dreams, ideas and passions. To give of yourself, in a way that is accessible and meaningful.
Though, many people believe that the writing process is mysterious and inaccessible. Perhaps it is useful to be reminded of the good news, that writing is a skill. And as we know, skills can be taught, acquired and improved. Writing is a means to an end. To say what you think and to say what you think needs to be said. On that basis, everyone can learn to write and hone their skill in their own unique process.
So, let’s start practicing and demonstrating our skill. And write.