BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – She is the girl with the “endless creativity in her mind”. Yes, this girl would be me.
So no surprise when I started to think about what I should write, endless creative ideas came to my mind. Then I thought: this is the first from me here, so this should be really me.
Recently, I went to an event in Budapest covering social media, politics, and young journalists, who started (still are) as bloggers. This whole event inspired me and made me realised again how much I want to be a civil journalist and a writer. This is why, I cut the endless creative ideas and decided to write about what I do the best and the most: writing.
I always say I am lucky because I live in an era where gender equality is an issue. I can publish as a woman under my own name. And then, there is the great and mysterious Internet where writers can connect with the audience so easily. Everything is given for us to enjoy the beauty and privilege of writing.
However, this doesn’t mean it is easy. The process of writing wasn’t always such a simple thing for women. And nor was it for me.
One of my favourite writers and inspirations is Virginia Woolf. Her influential essay – A Room of One’s Own – made me think about how much has changed for women, and how many things I still want to change – because there is still a need. As Woolf writes: “Women have served all these centuries as looking–glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.” It’s true, isn’t it?
We all have our stories of why and how we started to write. Here is mine, in a nutshell: I was about seven when I wrote my first lines of “poetry”. It was about a cat. Around the same time – when Microsoft World was still pretty new – I also wrote a fairy tale. That wasn’t about a cat.
Though, I started to use my creative mind early, it took me some time to figure out what I really want to do. I was fourteen when I decided that I want to be a journalist. I couldn’t wait to end high school and finally study those things, which (really) interest me. Then, of course, through the years I developed and learned a lot. I got more engaged in literature. I was more and more certain that I would like to be published and recognised as a poet, and a writer.
They say if you write, you must have the driving force to say something; to form your thoughts into words. I am one of those people who enjoy more the ways to observe, to ask and to reflect. So I used to say that “I write because I cannot communicate verbally” – well, it is partly true. I write because I enjoy the beauty of words. I enjoy how my thoughts are expressed and turn into words. I enjoy how reality and dreams formulated into sentences. And I enjoy how much my communication skills are better in writing.
But yes, the purpose of writing could be (should be?) to have an impact on people. I enjoy the most when I get critiques about my writing. I enjoy when they say that they love taking a little journey into my world, to my visions, which are something really different from theirs. I guess, this is the beauty and privilege of being a writer: to share your world with others.
But most importantly, writing is as natural and necessary as breathing. It is the best form of self-expression, and the best therapy. Let us write about heartbreaks, questions about what’s next, about career choices, or simply about being a woman today. Writing is the best journey of self-discovery.
Not that long ago I heard that according to psychology, “those are the artists who can develop and grow while making art”. It sticks with me ever since.
And that is why I encourage everyone who has the slightest intention of writing and sharing their opinion, their viewpoints of the world, to do so. We have the greatest tool of the history in our hands to transmit and communicate, so let us use it! Let us develop and grow together.
We may not have reached the greatest gender equality yet, but we are closer than ever to it. I encourage every girl and woman to take that pen, or laptop and write down what you have.
Share your story; I am sharing mine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Guest Columnist at MissCareerLess
Dorka was born in Budapest and still lives there. She studies Media and Communication at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her aim is to be a civil journalist and a writer/poet at the same time. She is truly an artistic person with an endless drive towards knowledge. Besides studying, currently, she is a member of the university’s media centre as a journalist, has been published as a poet, and volunteers in a Hungarian feminist organisation. Her inspirations are Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, JKR, and Nabokov. She is also a fashion lover, Potterhead and fairy-believer.
Edited by Virag
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