Diane MacKinnon, MD, is a Master Certified Life Coach who used to work as a Family Physician. She’s passionate about writing and journaling and is (still!) working on her first book, a self-help book for medical peeps. You can find her at her website, www.dianemackinnon.com.
22 thoughts on “Why We Write”
Love this quote. I was reading “The Practice” by Seth Godin this morning and I’m reminded again of the importance of doing the work for yourself and others.
Thanks for your comment, Peter, and for reminding me about Seth’s book!
Reflection for me is a tool for building resilience and writing is an incredibly powerful form of reflection. I love this connection. Especially when there is a story involved!
Thanks, Heather! I agree!
Yes, I find that as I write I work through my own questions about life. It’s gratifying when others resonate with what I have shared.
Yes, Michele, I find writing to be a dialogue that always brings me to resolution, even when I’m just writing in my journal!
Great reminder – I’ve been stuck lately on writing. Good motivation to get back to it!
Happy writing, David!
Love the analogy of going with the flow, like the waves in the ocean. I find when it comes to writing, even on “off” days, just start. Write anything. Write a word. And be gentle with yourself when you’re not in the most creative space!
Yes! I am finding my way back to a regular writing practice after the holidays and have realized I need to go with the ebb and flow of my life–and my writing!
Finding our why is such an important process. I’m always impressed by how returning to the why helps focus and motivation.
Yes, Shlomit, I agree. I have this quote up on my wall where I can see it every time I sit at my desk.
Thanks for the reminder. Too often I forget about the ebb and keep trying to swim in the water that is temporarily missing.
Yes, Brian! We have to pay attention or suddenly we’re trying to swim in sand!
Thank you for this! I have recently started adopting the perspective of “writing for myself” as a “trick” to get past any writer’s block. This quote is some insightful – and timely! I’ll no longer think of it as a “trick” but actually an integral part of the process.
I posted this today because I needed to read it! Thanks for your comments. Happy writing!
I love this reminder that writing can be what we make it. When I am in a real rhythm with my writing, I often discover what I think as I write. It’s a remarkable feeling!
Thanks for your kind comments. I have that feeling, too, sometimes. The more I write, the more it happens!
Thank you for post. Yes the more I write even in a journal note the more I will write in a day. It is a life force if part of who you are is a writer. Love the water image…….A RIVER OF LIFE.
I agree, the more I write in my journal, the more I write in other areas! Thanks for your comments. The picture is one I took at the beach last weekend. A cold, clear day at the ocean!
Thank you for a great reminder this morning. Time to go write 🙂
You’re welcome! Happy writing!