To me, it seems that the world is divided into two camps: English/art people and math/science people. There are rare people who cross this boundary, but for the most part, it seems that artistic people despise numbers and scientific people hate writing. Many times, English professors have been stabbed in the heart by the words “I hate writing. It’s not important.”

I’ll admit (as much as it hurts me) that not enjoying writing is a perfectly valid opinion. For some people, writing a paper can be a struggle not very different from having a root canal. However, everyone should at least understand the basics of writing, even if they do not understand all of the rules for how to properly use semicolons or commas. To be honest, the secrets of comma usage are a sacred mystery that has been revealed to only a few select individuals.

Before developing an appreciation for writing, a person must first understand its importance. To put it simply, nothing can be shared without writing. Think about it for a minute. TV shows first start with a screenplay. All of the products we buy are labeled with words. Everything we read on the Internet is a form of writing (although some Facebook posts barely qualify). Even if a science person develops a revolutionary new theory, it means nothing unless it is written down.

You can always benefit from writing, especially when you write for fun. Not everything you write has to be formal or something for others to see. Keeping a journal is a great way to brush up on writing without worrying that your words will be judged. Journaling will help you get your emotions out and preserve memories. Imagine that you meet someone special, and you write down when you first saw them across the room and thought he or she was the best-looking person you ever met. If you keep a journal, you can look back ten years later and pinpoint exactly how you felt at that moment. The best part about a journal is that you don’t have to worry about grammar or spelling. As long as you understand it, it’s fine.

A lot of people find writing to be therapeutic. When you have a bad day or are trying to make a big decision, write down how you feel. It may help you work through your problems. If you feel really adventurous, try writing a poem. An original poem can help you score major points with your significant other, and best of all, it’s free.

No, formal academic writing is not always enjoyable, and it may not be for everyone. But everyone can benefit from knowing the basics of writing. You may not be a Hemingway or even a Dr. Seuss, but you will be able to express your ideas in words when you need to.