Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
We all write for our own reasons. That’s what makes us different and keeps us, in some ways at least, the same. We write. Our reasons may be different, but we are doing something that most people, at least that I’m around all day every day, would call silly.
The quote above describes me and my writing perfectly. I’m writing for myself. The writing I do, does not and probably never will pay the rent. Don’t get me wrong, that would be awesome. Full time author/writer sounds great. Working from home has always been a dream of mine, I just don’t expect it to happen. Ever.
Writing for me is a release. At this point, I need it, and in that sense, it is for me and me alone. “But you share some of the things you write?” you may be thinking, and you’re right. To be honest, I haven’t figured that one out myself.
If we’re being honest though, I guess I could admit to kind of chasing the dream of working from home while pursuing my passion and doing it my way.
There may be a public out there for me. If not, that’s okay. I’ll keep pecking away at the keyboard, gathering what’s left of my sanity night after night, and putting it out there.
I don’t know what your reasons to write are, but good luck with it. Stay true to yourself and work toward your goals. If you’re seeking a public, I hope you find it. Even if you’re not though, don’t be too surprised if you find it anyway.
2 thoughts on “Why We Write”
I write to free the voices inside my head that refuse to go away. They tell me they need to be heard, so I write for them and for me. The creative side of me has to have an outlet otherwise I don’t feel whole, if that make sense.
And never say never. Follow your dreams and keep that image of working from home and writing up there in front of you like a beacon!
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It absolutely makes sense Beverley. I know how you feel!