What Drives Your Writing?

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?

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  1. Good points and questions. I agree. I write partly for the component that it is satisfying unto itself. To write is to think through typing. It helps me process and organize my thoughts. But yeah, I also want readers. Why? Because writing is also a form or medium of self-expression (of thoughts) through which a connection with others can be made. That connection can be a few comments or a discussion. The sharing of ideas invokes or inspires new ideas or a deepening understanding of current ideas or both. We are made to be relational beings (even writers who tend to be introverts), so sharing ideas or feelings or experiences through writing enables people to connect. And I think that is a reason why the blogger community is more courteous and meaningful than social media in general when it comes to connection.

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    1. Yes, I agree with your thoughts, especially with what you said about social media. There is a lack of connection and so it is easier for people to act worse. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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  2. I am in the same boat. I definitely do love to write and part of it is the fulfillment. but there’s something wonderful about having someone read something you’ve poured yourself into and enjoying it. That’s definitely part of my motivation.

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  3. We are what we think, and our words are our thoughts. You can read the words of a long dead writer, and he lives again. If your words are there to be read – even if no one ever actually reads them – there’s a certain immortality in that, don’t you think?

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