Writers – Why We Do What We Do

I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite some time, but just never really knew how to express my thoughts on the subject properly. I see so many people asking other writers why they should go through the struggles and hardships of trying to write something, and I often think about how each and every person has their own reasons for doing so.

So why do writers do what they do? Why create something to show to the rest of the world with no guarantee that it will be received warmly, or even be read at all? I’ve come up with four main reasons for why writers put themselves out into the world and showcase the pieces that they’ve worked so hard on.

No matter what a writer’s intentions may be, any reason is a good reason to keep writing.

Gain Recognition

Many writers want to showcase what they can do and how well they can write to the rest of the world in hopes of gaining recognition for their craft. We’ve all grown up reading amazing authors who are known around the world for their incredible works, and those authors inspire others to achieve that same level of success and fame.

Those that are looking to earn prestigious writing awards and have their name and work immortalized forever have an amazing drive and passion for writing. It is important to note, however, that many famous writers didn’t make it big quickly, and that fame and recognition take time. If a writer is dead set on getting fame and recognition at any cost, they have to be as patient as they are hardworking to do so.

Make A Steady Income

For some, writing is a way to pay the bills. It’s hard to become a writer who makes enough passive income to live a comfortable lifestyle, but many have paved the way for doing so by proving that its possible. Freelance writers likely continue to write because it’s what they know, what they’re good at, or what works for them in terms of finding a stream of income.

Although some people look down on those who write just to receive a paycheck, there is still value in any work whether or not it was written for money. There’s no shame in writing for profit – it’s normal to want to be compensated for something that you put your time and effort into. The only times when writing for profit is actually damaging are when writers plagiarize, infringe copyrights, and/or misinform readers.

Influence The World

In today’s society, writers can reach audiences across the world to spread their message. Whether you want to educate, entertain, inform, or confront your audience on a particular topic or subject, writing is a viable conduit for doing so. You can share your opinion and give a voice to your thoughts and reasonings that have the ability to travel around the globe and be seen by millions of people worldwide.

Some of the greatest writers have changed the course of history with their words, and more will surely do so as time goes on. As technology advantages and the ability to share works becomes easier to do on a global scale, written works that have the power to change the world will take much less time to be seen and catch on in the future.

Do What You Love

Though this may seem like a ‘duh’ moment for many writers, it’s often overlooked or forgotten during trying times. When writing starts to feel more like a chore than a passion, it can sometimes be difficult to remember why you started writing in the first place. Countless writers have unfinished projects that never came to fruition because their thoughts about the work shifted from love to frustration, and thus they stopped writing about it altogether.

Even at my lowest points when I don’t think I can write another word, I try and remember why I started in the first place, what I hope to accomplish with what I’m working on, and how I’ll be faced with such doubts and dark thoughts again for any future work. By reminding myself how writing is something I love, regardless of why I’m doing it at the moment, I know I can push through any hardships and do what I love because at my very core, I do indeed love writing.

Are any of these reasons why you write? Do you have any other reasons? What motivates you to get the words from your head out into the world? Let us know in the comments below! Let’s get a discussion going, yeah?

Happy reading, writing, working, and living!

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