I like writing. For me writing is an almost integral part of any day. I have a notebook in my bag at all times and Evernote on my phone to jot down ideas before I get distracted and forget them. However, this is a pretty new development. Just a few years ago I didn't like writing. I would have preferred to do math equations than write something and that's what I did.
Math is straightforward with rules to follow, whereas writing is free-flowing and I couldn't handle the unlimited freedom of it. Thankfully, by starting this blog I have grown to love writing. Writing clears my mind and helps me really get to the bottom of a problem. I can solve problems that I can't solve in my head by getting the words out and writing it down.
I am writing about writing (how meta!) because I have been nominated by Kate, a fellow health coach, for a blog hop series on writing. Thank you Kate for nominating me! I enjoyed writing about writing. Check out her post on why she writes here.
I haven't done a blog hop series before and it has a few rules that I'd like to explain before I start fulfilling its requirements. This particular blog hop series works by writing a post answering few questions about why they write and then nominating three other people to participate and continue the series.
The technicalities are over, now let's start answering some questions.
What am I working on?
I was going to answer this question by listing what I am working on this month but that didn't feel right. Plus, I don't like lists unless they are in a book. So I'll answer this question by stating what I am always working on.
I am always working to create a life I love where I get to help people live a more meaningful life. Right now that includes writing here at A Girl Called Nyamka, and writing my first book A Guidebook for the Young and Depressed.
I spend my working time doing them because through them I can help people and that makes me feel content with my life. All of them include writing which is interesting. Why write? Why not another medium?
Why do I write?
I write because it helps me get to the bottom of things I can’t figure out in my head. There’s nothing like sitting down and putting words onto paper or onto a word document to make you start thinking logically. Writing slows down my whirling thoughts where I become more aware of my thinking process. I more involved in the thinking process instead of just being an audience to my own thoughts.
Once the words are on the page I can see my thinking process. As I read and go through it I can see what makes sense and what doesn't. After some editing and eliminating the results are thoughts that make more sense. I solve most of my problems by sitting down and writing it out.
Writing is like talk therapy with yourself. I believe in feeling all my emotions whether it is good or bad in order to release it. So instead of repressing negative emotions I write it out get to the bottom of it (I write about writing as stress management tool). No repressed feelings here!
I also write to share and help. On A Girl Called Nyamka I write to emote over our shared stories and pass on what I have learnt. I write to be part of a community and to share what I believe is useful with friends and family. I believe that sharing useful knowledge through writing is one of the pillars that supports our civilisation.
Although I love to record a podcast and make videos in the future I prefer to write because on the sliding scale of introversion and extroversion I would place myself at 60% introvert and writing suits that part of my nature. Who knows maybe I'll use my 40% extrovert self to make videos for you some time soon.
How does my writing process work?
I have one rule when writing. Either it must quiet or I need to be listening to music with no lyrics. I cannot write whilst listening to music that has lyrics. I have serious trouble concentrating on the writing if I am listening to music with lyrics because I end up singing and end up looking up the lyrics on the internet, and I get no writing done. Multitasker, I am not.
Besides noise control I don't have any other hard and fast rule when I write. A cup of tea to sip on as I write is nice but not a necessary. Oh, I also like writing on paper when I don't know where the story is going, and I like writing on my laptop when I know exactly what I need to write.
How does my writing differ from others in this genre?
I am not sure what genre I am in. I write about minimalism, and I write about holistic wellbeing. They are tools I use to achieve a life that’s worth living. I think that means I write about living a good life. Is that a genre? I am not sure, but I do know what makes my writing different from everybody else. It's me.
My analytical persona (which some might say is a bit obsessive) combined with my optimistic dream of making the world a better place is what I bring to the table.
It seems that one part of my brain is all magic and glitter, whereas the other side is all extreme utilitarianism where practicality dominates. I think both sides work side by side that makes the magic from one side become a reality in the real world. A bit of practical magic (I forgot Practical Magic is a movie. Anyone remember that movie?)!
Passing on the baton
Baton! Bah- tohn! What a strange word. I don't think I have said this word since Year 10 PE class. Anyway, I’d like to nominate three interesting and inspiring people to this blog hop series. I’d like to find out why these ladies do what they do and why they write.
I nominate the following people:
Ines Norman is a digital producer and she writes on her blog/portfolio here. Ines is my best friend and my housemate I have known her for over eight years. She helps me with lot of the technical issues I have with my blog. She also took the photo of me that you see on the bottom of this page.
She has been blogging for four years now. Currently her site doesn't have the blog part like it used to because she is changing some things around, but it will be ready soon. I
Angela Moore is life coach and she writes at Unexpected Art.
Her motto is life is messy, play in the mud. It's true! Life is messy, we fall often and you can’t wait until things get better, so be in the now and play in the mud. Angela has been through some tough times and she understands what it's like. She helps women to move forward and start a new chapter in their lives.
Angela Mager is a health coach who writes at Happy, Healthy, and Hormonal.
She helps women going through menopause improve their health. Angela writes about lifestyle habits that can relieve and heal the troublesome symptoms of menopause. She wants you to know that even through the years of extreme hormone fluctuations you can feel confident and stronger that ever.
Blog hop done. Now to you!
What do you think about writing? Is writing important to you, too? I always love hearing from you so let me know what you think down in the comments section.
With love & simplicity,
P.S. If you want to find out more about depression check out A Guidebook for the Young and Depressed .