Why Cultivating a Writing Habit Matters

Don’t keep second-guessing yourself, start writing now.

Isioma Ononye
4 min readAug 14, 2023

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I’ve been writing for over ten years now. This writing has been through diary entries, blog posts, contributing to sites, writing here on Medium and also publishing an E-book.

Throughout my writing journey, I can admit to you that I have not made much money from it but I have loved the entire process of it. I can also proudly say that I have benefited from writing tremendously by attaining creative fulfilment, getting jobs and gaining exposure.

If you want to write and be successful, I don’t have advice for you. However, if you simply want to write because your spirit says yes, then I’m here for you. Here are some reasons why you should start and continue to write.

Writing is A Good Way to Reflect on Your Thoughts

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One of the reasons why I love to write is because I find it to be therapeutic. Writing is a great way to reflect on my thoughts and emotions.

Writing helps me to process what I feel and to understand myself better. If you are someone that enjoys working on your personal development, writing would be helpful in your journey.

Writing can help you to understand the way your mind works. To know about some of the ways you’ve gone wrong and how you can do better in your life.

Also, writing is simply a way for you to have a form of stress relief, to unwind when you feel overwhelmed. Writing is a tool that can help you to breathe better because you get to express yourself on the page.

Writing Helps You to Develop Your Communication Skills

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Another reason why you should keep on writing is because it helps you in developing your communication skills.

Reading and writing is a great way for you to develop your use of language, the mode and manner in which you speak and communicate to others.

The more you write, the better you get at writing itself and the way you use words in your daily life.

Writing Might Not Lead to Fame but Can Help You Get Paid

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Not everyone will be a successful and notable writer but everyone has the ability to make some money from writing.

Writing has helped me to get job opportunities because I often send employers links to my published work. Writing has helped me to build my portfolio which helps me to expand my credentials in the field of media and communications.

You should continue to write because it’s a way for others to assess your work and your capabilities.

Writing Enables You To Live Forever

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There is this saying that writers never really die because of their words. Writing enables you to live forever. You won’t go extinct because your words can outlive you.

When you consider what you studied when you were in school, some of the books and poems you’ve read are from authors who have been deceased for decades and more.

Even if you don’t get to be a published author, writing is a way for you to record your life experiences. It’s a way to chronicle your growth. To consider the way you’ve been in the past and where you are now.

One of the cool things I like about writing, especially reflections in my diary is knowing that I get to see different aspects of myself and my life from teenage years to adulthood.

Final Thoughts

I’ve been writing for about ten years or more. No, I haven’t become famous or made much money from it but I write regardless.

There is so much that you can gain from writing such as personal fulfilment that comes with reflecting on your thoughts and sharing it with like minds. There is not only personal fulfilment but there is self-improvement and personal development from improving your skills.

Writing matters and it’s a great thing to do whether you are getting paid or not. To you out there who is considering writing but not knowing whether to jump in, just do so.

Even if you don’t make it big, you will have fun in the process and then, you could smile when you look back and say you did something that was worthwhile to you.

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Isioma Ononye

I write about self-esteem, christianity, mental health, women's empowerment and communications. Join my newsletter here: https://substack.com/@isiomaononye