If you hadn’t heard, it’s National Stationery Week! I didn’t really take part last year, and well, my blog started because of stationery. How could I not take part? Now there is a sort of theme for each day, but I’m just gonna do my own thing. Sort of. The main theme of this week is ‘Why Writing Matters’ and I think it’s such a good thing to talk about and raise awareness about. Writing is important, and here’s why…
If you’ve been here for a while, or at least a few months, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of using a paper planner. I have shelves upon shelves of notebooks, and I have pens stashed in various containers in my room. You’ll also know that I love stationery. So, the main theme for National Stationery Week this year is ‘Why Writing Matters’.
There are so many people out there who will be thinking, actually, when did I last write something? It was probably just a greeting card, a scribble of a number you needed to remember or maybe a food order. Have you ever actually just sat down to write? Maybe a handwritten letter for someone, a short story, a diary entry? If you haven’t, do not fret – you’re not alone! I’m in an online community that is pretty much based on writing and being creative, but outside of that, I don’t know many who write. Writing helps you with so many important life tasks though. Getting through school, applying for jobs, working in jobs, writing important letters (it’ll happen at some point in your adult life – I’m still trying to avoid being an ‘adult’ if I’m perfectly honest…) and so much more.
Why do I think it matters? Well for me writing is something I can do to express myself. It allows me to be creative and the best part is, I don’t even have to share it with anyone if I don’t want to. Writing is so personal, whether that’s personal to just you or an intimate moment between you and a friend, family member or partner. Imagine if you couldn’t write. It’s one of those things you can easily take for granted.
In my last year of university, I did a lot of creative writing and it was something that I really felt like I could do. I kept a notebook and used that to jot down notes, rough drafts and ideas. In the photo you can see my early drafts and notes for my Dippers story. Without practising that, and keeping at it, I wouldn’t be published. Yeah so it’s not my own book, but I’m still published. That feels great to say! That’s what writing has done for me – it’s given me a goal and somewhere to go. I just want to write more!
So the people behind National Stationery Week have drawn up an A-Z of why writing really matters, 26 reasons and one for each letter of the alphabet. I think they’re they’re all brilliant, but here are a few of my favourites:
- Archives. Handwritten documents and notes have been passed down through centuries to permanently record some of history’s most important events – not just consigned to a virtual trash bin.
- Failsafe. There’s no need to rely on computer batteries or storage space. Handwriting can be enjoyed anywhere, at any time, without the need to rely on technology.
- Knowledge. They say that knowledge is power. It is proven that the brain takes in far more information when it is being written down.
- Nostalgia. Have you ever dug out old school notebooks, diaries and cards from years gone by to relive happy memories from the past? Threads to text messages and emails just don’t provide the same sense of nostalgia.
- Unique. Nobody wants to follow the crowd so handwriting is a perfect tool to express personality and individuality. Every person’s handwriting is unique and says something about them.
*I have been given a gift pack to acknowledge the National Stationery Week event, but I have not been asked to write any particular reviews or information. As always, I would not write about something I did not like!