Why do I love to write?
My writing odyssey
Ever since I was a kid, my parent taught me to write. In school the teacher carry with the duties of getting me to write. Like many of my friends, I was uneasy with writing. Unfortunately, as I grow, my writing tasks await me. This phobia of writing has affected me for a long time. This carries on until I became the head of a marketing research firm. In the marketing research business, the products and services that sell well are market reports, presentation and marketing newsletter. All these involve writing, reviewing and vetting reports and documentations.
I reach a climax — my life at that time involve nothing but writing. This motivated me to overcome my fear for writing. The best way of getting rid of any kind of phobia is to do the task repeatedly until you love it. This involves a simple mindset change and the change take a long time to materialise.
Purpose of writing
We write to achieve all kinds of goals: to share stories, note financial transactions, record history, imagine the future and to express our emotions. Writing also turns our expression into a permanent memory. It gives us access to knowledge. We can trace how an idea has changed over thousands of years, or argue against the opinions of those long dead, all because the discoveries of others have been recorded and collected.
So, writing allows us to communicate. It is also a very important means for us to preserve knowledge – be it for personal and business purposes. Thus writing is very important for everyone. All of us should master a decent level of writing skill.
I am a technical professional by profession. As a technical professional, I need to be involved in conceiving, analyzing,
developing and implementing solutions for other people to use. In order to allow or educate the ultimate users to understand the solutions that I developed for them, I need to create a lot of documentation for them to learn. Documentation is part of the products, services or solutions that are created for us by others.
Essentially technical or engineering works involve many business processes. Operating these processes require many type of outputs and documents in order to communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders as well as to demonstrate the quality and completion of the products/projects. There is a common theme between technical work and the toilet job:
Job is not complete until the paperwork is done.
I have overcome my phobia for writing and became an advocate for expressing one’s though in writing. Last year I have co-author a book with a number of other fellow trainers and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing projects. In the near future, I hope to author a few more eBooks and maintain a few blogs. Who knows, these effort in writing might even help me to generate some incomes for my retirement.