Happy National Day on Writing! Writing is a great skill to maintain and a useful tool to exercise on a daily basis.

Here are five ways that writing helps improve your life.

Writing helps clear the mind

Everyone has felt the need to get their emotions out into the open or vent about something in their lives. However, you don’t have to have a person with you in order to vent properly. If you ever need to process emotions, make a big decision, or simply complain about life, writing gives us the ability to clear our mind, however chaotic it may seem. 

Writing helps with memory

Whether it’s remembering what you have to do all day, remembering a childhood memory or remembering what your professor said in class. When pieces of information are written down, rather than simply stored in your brain, they become easier to track and commit to memory.

Writing helps you process life events

Seeing your own life from a new perspective is priceless. Although you may choose to simply keep a daily journal to document life events, others may choose to write stories that parallel their own lives in order to see their own lives and choices from a different angle.

Writing helps eliminate stress

Similarly to the way that writing helps clear your mind by giving you a space to express your thoughts and emotions, writing does the same thing for stress. It allows you to see the tasks ahead or the emotions you felt and helps you work through them step-by-step. Writing also helps you rationalize what you are feeling rather than allowing your stress and anxious thoughts to unhealthily marinate in your brain.

Writing helps you succeed

No matter what school or job you are aiming to achieve, writing is an essential skill. Although some people do not always understand the importance of writing, it is the primary basis upon which your work, learning, and intellect will be judged. Knowing this, wouldn’t you want to make sure your writing is the best that it can be? However, the only way to truly improve your writing skills is to practice!

Did you know that CUAA offers writing consulting (for free!) through the ARC to CUAA students looking for extra support with papers, essays, and reports? Learn more about the Writing Center.

— This story is written by Allie Milot, social media manager for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 734-995-7403.

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