The Love of Writing


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write lists. To-do lists, grocery lists, book lists, bucket lists, pros vs. cons lists, and the like. I don’t write these lists because I need to remember what it is I’m writing – I write them because I simply need to write.

During my senior year of high school, I had to write a research paper about a single word. At first I thought it was such a pointless task. How could an entire paper about just one word be at all possible? My English teacher explained that the idea behind this paper was to get us thinking about how interesting a word’s history could be. Where did it come from? Does it have more than one definition? Has its meaning changed? Was it invented or borrowed from another language? How long has it been around? I chose the word “pearl” and discovered that it meant “eye” at one point in time. Other students chose words like “act” and “battle,” focusing on the versatility of the word as both a noun and a verb.

For me, “writing” is such a word.


Being both a history and political science major, I have to write A LOT of papers, and all of my exams are in-class essays. My poor right hand probably has carpal tunnel by now, but I guess that’s the price I pay for choosing the best college majors. ☺ No matter how much showcasing my own thoughts and opinions on class material beats filling in little bubbles on Scantron sheets, it’s not the words I chose that I love. It’s the physical act of writing those words that I enjoy so much (regardless of the throbbing wrist it usually leaves me with after an exam).

When I doodle, I’m usually trying out different styles of hand lettering aside some quite laughable sketches of objects. Or frightening faces, as you can see above.



Writing, for me, isn’t about the finished product. It’s about creating the product. Putting ink to paper and watching my loops and lines form first into words, then sentences, paragraphs, pages, and beyond… The process is quite liberating.


What’s writing to you? Tell me in the comments below!

Until next time,

Aspen +


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