Are you writing for yourself?
Writing For Yourself
It can be easy to fall into the traps of writing a novel based on what’s trending or popular instead of creating something that you love. Trends change all the time, so it can be impossible to keep up. If you focus on what you enjoy, the end result will be that much more satisfying.
Discover Your Purpose
What if we have no idea what our purpose is? We write something that we know will sell, but hate writing it because it’s not what we enjoy. I would hate to be in that situation, and I don’t want you to be either. Just because a certain topic or genre isn’t trending right now, that doesn’t mean it won’t be popular with your readers.
Nowadays, it can be difficult to write something unique or new that no one has ever seen. What makes your writing unique, is that it comes from your heart. No one understands your beliefs, values, imagination, creativity, and all the core things of your heart better than you do.
So, what do you do when you don’t know what you’re meant to write?
- Think about a book you want to read but haven’t found yet.
- Write a list of all the things you enjoy and develop a story theme from one or a few things from the list.
- List the emotions and thoughts you want people to experience when reading your work.
- Understand what you wish to be known for when you publish a book.
As you explore these aspects, you understand what you were meant to write and how to find a purpose that you enjoy.
When you try to be something you’re not, it takes the fun out of whatever you’re working on. It’s important to own who you are. Know your skill level, your writing style, the stories you like to tell, and embrace that! Celebrate your uniqueness!
Sure, you may get more sales, likes, and shares by cranking out whatever’s popular in the moment. But if you establish yourself with authenticity from the get-go, your readers will appreciate you that much more and you’ll pave the way for a more satisfying writing career.
Wouldn’t you rather have fun on your journey of self-discovery and storytelling than try to force yourself into a shape that was meant for someone else?
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