Friday, 3 January 2014

Writing For The Right Reasons

One trap that many writers fall into (myself included) is that, after a while, they become conformists. They become people pleasers.
Often this isn't even consciously done. We find ourselves happily tapping or penning away when all of a sudden we hesitate. Doubt creeps in. The next thing you know, that piece that you'd been working on for the last half an hour- maybe even longer seems a bit... iffy.

Now, I don't mean in the sense that you're at risk of being banished by the literary world for crimes against writing but you find yourself uncertain of concepts or scenes that you were eagerly planning before. Parts begin to sound completely ridiculous and the wording that you once thought made you sound witty and charming instead comes across as narcissistic.

We begin to alter things- we make them safer and before you know it you're writing about that little old woman who lives around the corner with a hostile cat and deranged budgie.

When you find yourself going down this path it is important to remember this:
No one achieved anything new by not taking risks and striving for something different.

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The way around this? Go back to the beginning. Remind yourself of why you started writing in the first place.

Each person has their own perspective- each person has different ideas and opinions. We should celebrate this! (More about this can be read here)

In this new year, remember to write for you. After all you're the one who's dedicating yourself to the process day in, day out.

So go on- take risks, be daring! After all, if you're not true to yourself and don't write what you love, you ruin your love of writing and that's the last thing you want!

Thought? Comments? Leave them below!