In this pursuit of expressing our thought, using words to form relationships we conjure up with the reader; the most crucial question as a “writer” one needs to answer before publishing is simply this: Why am I writing?
Not Who, Not Where, Not for What.
Sounds odd, I’m sure.
It’s a question that helps find a writer their unique voice — why am I writing?
I’m writing for survival, to compensate for my inability to verbally express myself.
I’m writing because if I’m not, I’m drowning in a sea of mental noise.
I’m writing to fight my anxiety.
That’s my motivation to keep writing — no matter the outcome.
No matter how foolish my words may seem.
Writing is the only outlet, where I feel I can express my thought without judgement.
Don’t get me wrong, there will always be critics.
But those critics, provide me with a greater opportunity to further test my skills.
What might start off as a troll, gives me an opportunity to polish up on my skill on how far I can survive.
Of course, it’s just easier to hit block — but then I’m just giving up.
I like critics, I enjoy the trolls; I feed off their energy as I drive them into exhaustion.
Winning them over, only to learn more about myself as I refine my skills as a writer.
Here’s an example of a recent critic on my post and how I turned the negativity, into a positive experience; one of pure joy for myself.
(Not to call out the individual who commented, I’m simply citing this as an example; and much to the individual’s credit — it was a brilliant test of my ability to swiftly backup what I stand for).
It started off as simply this,
Which led to this,
Which resulted in the final result being about me coming up with an absolutely ridiculous story about coffee and diarrhoea,
Did I win or Did I lose, does it matter?
It was fun, I enjoyed it — and it tested my skills to not break what I stand up for; ridiculing people for their inter-personal beliefs. Instead I used satirical fictional jargon to discuss how pointless it is to enforce one’s beliefs on another whilst passing judgement on matters that do not simply concern us.
Some write for connection.
Some write for affirmation.
Some write for awareness.
Some write to vent.
As I’m sure, every individual, like every voice, is unique in their form of expression.
Some write for the reader, Some write simply for themselves.
I fit the latter description, because for me — without writing, there’s no outlet for expression.
Fair disclosure, the monetary benefit does help; gotta pay the bills somehow.
At the moment though, it’s not the primary concern — to earn money.
Simply because, at this point in time I’m quite fortunate to be able to write with freedom, without having to worry about paying my bills.
Maybe, when the day comes and I run out of options, I’ll mop floors; but I won’t stop writing.
I won’t make the compromise of trading my voice, my creative freedom, to fulfil a monetary purpose.
It would be hollow, and against the moral code I hold myself accountable to.
Hence, before you hit publish; ask yourself — Why do I write?
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