What writing means to me (aka the post that’ll keep you writing)

You’ve probably heard it many times. You read about all the success stories like Rowling’s or King’s and you’re sure that you’ve got a story that could wrench the hearts of a million people.

You know you’re a writer waiting for success to hit.

Well, I’ve been there many times and let me tell you, it can be frustrating. As I said in the past post, sometimes writing can feel like throwing words towards a black void and you don’t know if anyone likes it, looks forward to reading what you’ve got to say or if anyone is even seeing you.

As frustrating as it can be, writing is also pretty cool. To be able to put thought into words and move people, that’s a great ability that must be trained and fortified.

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I think writing is more about pleasing yourself than any reader out there.

As one of my favorite movies says,

Your favorite story, whatever it might be, was written for one reader.

And I think that that reader is you, if you like your story then that’s all that matters.

Writing can be a portal outside of this world, where nothing but what you write matters, where no one wants nothing from you. Any story can begin innocently, like a fun thing to do but it is only when you realize what your words mean and what you’ve created that they take a serious turn. You want this story to be read, to be liked and to inspire people out there.

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I think that’s the main goal behind writing, it’s not only about creating very long and crafted lies but about being able to put your thoughts out there, where they’re fragile and visible to anyone.

I also think that any story is worth telling and there’s no better feeling in the world than seeing someone read through one of your stories while smiling to themselves or seeing them be actually invested in what you’ve created.

So every time you want to quit and every time you wonder if anyone will even like just remind yourself of this, what you are writing is worth it and there’s nothing at all that’ll bring you more good feeling than this.

PS: The movie I’m talking about is 5 to 7 and it’s amazing. Check it out if you want to bawl your eyes out.

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2 thoughts on “What writing means to me (aka the post that’ll keep you writing)

  1. Kat says:

    I agree that you should write for yourself (to an extent) because if you don’t like the story you’re writing because you’re following a certain market, or are focusing too hard on what other readers will think, then eventually you’ll stop enjoying writing altogether. I was starting to get to that point until recently, where I decided to try and write for myself more – so far it seems to be working as I’m gaining back that excitement.

    • aileenmillan95 says:

      Yes! I think that’s the main goal of writing, to write about the things that affect us as people and try to make sense of them. Sometimes the raw writing is the kind with best effect amongst readers. Thanks for your comment!

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