Why I Write

Throughout the year, I’ve read several blog posts about why writers write. Mainly, I read writers write as a creative outlet, because they have something to share, and they love to write.

I’m writing this post as I sit at my husband’s bedside in the hospital. If everything went as planned, he would come home with me tonight. Of course, nothing goes as planned, right? The nurse calmly informed me that after experiencing tachycardia, he needs to undergo a few tests to ensure he doesn’t have a blood clot.

She may be calm, but I’m a mess. What can I do?

Stuck in a hospital room surrounded by tubes and wires, I’m itching to move around. Seems like a good time to place my protagonist, Eden, in a precarious situation. What am I feeling? Isolated. Worried. Claustrophobic. Anxious. Now, I’m going to put Eden in an 8×8 room. Someone is threatening her. She has no friends. No family. No support network.

Now I feel better!

Two years ago, I would have eaten my way through the crisis. Ten years ago, I would have eaten and smoked a pack of cigarettes. Fifteen years ago, I would have eaten, smoked and had a few glasses of wine to help me sleep.

This year, I learned to write.

I no longer use substances to bury my feelings or deal with stress. Instead, I learned to acknowledge my feelings and not stifle them. But for a while, I didn’t know how to manage everything I felt. I needed an outlet and I began to write.

So, why do I write? I write because like other writers, I needed a creative outlet, because I have something to share, and because I enjoy it.

I write because I have to.

About Shelly Bell

Addicted to reading and writing, my first book, A YEAR TO REMEMBER, is available as an e-book through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.The story follows the journey of a food addict on her road to recovery as she struggles to find and marry her soul mate within a year.
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8 Responses to Why I Write

  1. What a brave post. I applaud your decision to write through your troubles. Blessings to you.

  2. AM Bishop says:

    Every day I find another reason to be thankful that I know you. Your spirit is resilient and you share so much without reservation. Please know you and your husband are in our thoughts and prayers.


  3. B.J. Scott says:

    Touching post, Shelly. My prayers are with your husband for a speedy recovery.

    Worry, crisis, fear, concern and love for someone dear to your heart are powerful motivators. Glad you found solace in your writing and a possitive way to channel your energy. Everyone needs that.


  4. Shelly, sending you good vibes & healing thoughts for your husband’s speedy recover & to you. That’s a brave & touching post. Writing has gotten me through some tough times as well. Hugs!

  5. Elle Hill says:

    Bless you, Char. My thoughts, good vibes, and best wishes are with you and your husband. Thank you for sharing your innermost struggles and coping strategies. It’s amazing how therapeutic writing can be. I know when things get really rough in my life, I also tend to pull up a keyboard and get to clacking.

    Healing vibes to you all.


  6. Beautiful post, Shelly. And welcome aboard. That’s how I am too. But, it used to be nearly two packs of cigs a day. I haven’t had one in over 18 months. Cheers to us. Hope your husband is feeling better 🙂

  7. mandicasey says:

    Wow, that is wonderful. I have to say that you’ve really used life, and all that it throws at you, in a positive and constructive way. It’s also a great way to explore feelings, physical reactions in your readers, and show them what is happening.

    And congrats on quitting 🙂 That is not an easy accomplishment!

  8. Dianne Farb says:

    What an amazing post. Thanks for sharing something so personal. My best to you and your husband.

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