Why I Write

I often find myself repeatedly explaining the same ideas to myself in my head. At a certain point, it gets annoying.

I wondered if writing could help get these ideas to leave me alone. I started journaling and it helped a little, but it resulted in a lot of half-written posts.

Writing forced me to clarify my thoughts in a way that thinking didn’t. But when I hit a snag, I would give up instead of forcing myself to stick with it.

Then I tried making my writing public, which kicked my perfectionism into gear, forcing me to stick with an idea until it made sense, which resulted in the idea finally leaving me alone, making space for new ones. Success!

The problem is, I don't really want to share my writing publicly. I’m new to writing, I'm not good at it yet, and I don’t know if it will be worth anyone’s time to read.

The best solution I've come up with is to write in public but keep it a secret. I post blogs on my website, but I've yet to tell anyone. Readers beware, I’m writing for me.