Jackson has recently taken an interest in every musical instrument he sees. He takes bass lessons in Pittsburgh, guitar lessons in East Liverpool, and piano and violin lessons in Steubenville, Ohio. On top of all of that, he’s teaching himself the bass guitar. He came home a few weeks ago with a clarinet and tooted a bit on that for a few days before returning it. He willingly practices for several hours at a time some days, and his progress is becoming quite apparent. Coming from a musical family, it would be easy to say it’s an environmental phenomenon. Truthfully though, Jackson has stumbled upon a fundamental truth: When we want to do something, we don’t need cajoling or bribery. We do it because we want to do it.
As writers, we are trained to think of our audience. We want to interest our readers and keep them entertained. It is right for us to consider the needs of our readers, hoping through our endeavors to strike upon a topic of intrigue. It is thrilling to write about something and see feedback from our readers. We thrive on that!
But, who do we write for? Who do you write for? While you may want to please your readers, you should ultimately be writing for yourself. You should write because you love it. When you write about topics that you enjoy, in a manner that you find compelling, it doesn’t matter if the world applauds your efforts; you will find deep satisfaction from doing something you love. Your readers will as a byproduct sense your excitement and will enjoy your work all the more. Conversely, if you’re writing because you have to, no amount of accolades will make it seem worthwhile and your art will suffer as well.
If you want to succeed as writer, ask yourself: Do I look forward to the time that I have set aside for writing? If you don’t look forward to writing it, chances are others aren’t going to look forward to reading it. Write for yourself, and you will begin to joyfully anticipate writing time. Don’t worry that everything you write isn’t reader-friendly. Write with abandon, as if you will be the only person reading it. If, in the end, you don’t feel that your brainchild is worthy of your readers, file it away. On the other hand, you may find your writing is reinvigorated by your new perspective. You may find that the best way to write for your audience is to write for yourself.
About the Author
Jael Strong is a writer for TheWriteBloggers.com, a company dedicated to creating professional blogging content for increased internet visibility.