Why I Write: Shinae’s Story

I’ve wanted to be a writer from a young age, maybe eight or nine.

For me, writing is not a mechanical or strictly physical experience. Writing is freedom. When we share how we feel or perceive the world we are contributing to a different kind of future. 

Most of my articles focus on various aspects of inequality. I’m very interested in culture, humans and understanding why we do what we do. Writing articles makes me feel fantastic, and having my personal thoughts published really boosts my self esteem. It makes me feel optimistic, as if change is within my grasp.

I’m also passionate about encouraging other people to write, especially young people or those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. I think a lot of us underestimate our writing ability. That’s why it’s so important to support platforms like ENID which give people a voice. 

My biggest tip for new writers is to constantly remind yourself why you’re writing. Is it about sharing your experiences, pushing for change, or reflecting on a certain issue? As a writer, you’ll experience a lot of rejection. Having a purpose makes it easier to persevere and improve your skills. My English teacher also shared a very helpful piece of advice: write as if you’re a reader. Check out lots of other articles and reflect on what you liked about them. 

I still have a lot to learn about writing. With that being said, I am so excited to continue on my path to be a better writer. Publishing articles is an extremely fulfilling experience. It forces you out of your comfort zone. Remember: writing is about power, freedom and self-expression. It’s a tool of emancipation, a vehicle for reform, and it’s never too late to get started. 

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