Writing is sometimes a joy, sometimes a task. It depends on how I am feeling that day about life. I try not to allow my personal state of mind to interfere with turning out words in an article. It is important to separate one’s emotions from the actual task of writing. That is, unless your emotion is fueling the content of the writing.
This use of emotion for the writing is useful in the writing of fiction. However, articles for websites are usually information giving things that must be delivered objectively. The emotions of happiness, joy, and excitement can be communicated in article along with other states. However, because the article is also structured to gain traffic, it is not completely emotional. It must be balanced by certain ingredients that make it work for search engine optimization.
Yes. There are situations where pure emotion is important. Writing about the view from a mountain, or the hard bus ride that was undertaken in one of the most crowded cities in the world, or how you feel about the dentist you visited last week can all be full of emotion. That’s ok. It works.
When we write something, we are influencing our brains in different ways. Writing can improve your memory and your ability to recall events, things, and concrete thoughts. If you are a person who makes lists, then you are stimulating an area of the mind called the reticular activating system. These neurons turn on and focus your intent and energy on the items of the list. Cool!
If you happen to read an article that is full of cliches, then you are diminishing your mind’s ability to engage in problem solving and creativity. Cliches are not only boring, but if read too often they can decrease the mind’s ability to think abstractly. Sensory messages and metaphors call on the mind to think abstractly and not engage in images and ideas that are accepted by most people.
Folks who journal report they often feel better after writing. The writing gives them an ability to problem solve and relive something at a deeper level than the first time they experienced it. Some research at the university level has indicated that writing can elevate T-lymphocytes. These are immune cells that will fight off disease, infection, and viruses. So, write for good health.
Good writing impacts your level of intelligence and those who write words often perform better on intelligence tests. Writing improves clarity of thought because the writing demands you know more about the subject. Just talking about the subject allows you to say things that may not be true and retract your comments later on in the conversation. Writing your thoughts required you to be correct and accurate the first time around.
Writing increases the use of vocabulary and reduces redundancies. Increased vocabulary increases the number of images the mind can think in and the number of word associations that can be made.