Writing is challenging, getting people to care about what you wrote is more challenging. There are many people who start out writing, become disappointed and get spit out of the grinder disillusioned, depressed, and feeling like they failed. I know, that’s not an uplifting thought, but it is a reality. Writing for a few months or even a few years and expecting millions of book sales or blog views is typically unrealistic. If you are like me you chose to write not because it is easy, but it is what you were made to do. You know that there may only acquire a few dozen fans, but you keep going because you must. What drives you to write?
Anyone who says “I don’t care if anyone reads my stuff” is lying. We writers what an audience, an actor doesn’t act for himself and a writer doesn’t write completely for himself either. Yes, there is a component of finding fulfillment in what we do for the sake of doing it. Writing for ourselves isn’t sustainable unless it’s a diary. If you are made to be a writer you will want an audience, even if that audience is small. Those who do not know their drive and never acquire that audience are the ones who give up.
Now with that out of the way, I’m not saying people cannot enjoy writing a journal for themselves. That is a hobby and is fulfilling and healthy. My point is that if you have the calling, the drive, the making of a writer, then you will not be satisfied writing only for yourself for the rest of your life. Finding the audience and keeping their interest is difficult and can be discouraging if you let it. Besides understanding that you are called to write, know more of why you are writing. Is it to bring hope? Is it to entertain? Is it to speak truth?
Knowing the details of what motivates you to write is important to stave off discouragement. So why do you write? What would you like to achieve with your writing?