Why have you chosen to write? What led you down the path to being a blogger and writer?
Last week, I began pondering why I had chosen to write as my second career. My first career choice is as a Deputy Head Teacher for young people, excluded from school.
The first thing that strikes me is that writing is the extreme opposite of what I do every day.
Writing is a very solitary process.
In contrast, working in a school means I am surrounded by people and voices. Makes for some great material to use in my writing though.
I can’t remember when exactly I got the idea I wanted to write a book. It seems to have been an ambition of mine for as long as I can remember. From early teens I wrote a journal, a practice I have continued throughout my life.
I have decided finally to take my writing seriously. Here are the reasons, you should start taking your writing seriously.
Write because you enjoy it.
Whether you are published or not, writing should be about enjoyment. If you enjoy the process of putting words onto paper, then write. It is a hard struggle to get published and gain followers. There are times when you will want to give up. Your enjoyment of writing should keep you producing material. The audience will follow.
Write to get better
The more you write the better you will get. Look back at some of your early posts, you will see the improvement. As with any skill, practice makes perfect. Not that any writer should ever think they are perfect. Continuously learning is a valuable part of all skills.
Write to leave something behind
A small egotistical part of me wants to leave something in this world when I am gone. A published book will stay available after you leave the planet, for a while at least. My books and stories will leave a small part of me behind for my daughter.
Write because you have something to share with the world.
As a teacher, I want to share my tips with other educators. The knowledge I have gained through teaching is valuable to others. The teacher in me wants to help people, wherever I can. If similar people are not making the mistakes I have, then I know I have accomplished something.
Personal stories and problems you have faced are valuable to others. Sharing your experiences with people could help others with their problems. If just one person benefits from your struggles then your job is done.
Write to clear your head.
I have so many ideas for stories that swim around my head. These need to be given a chance to escape. Writing these down and forming them into stories clears my head. It mainly leaves room for more ideas to take root. Give your ideas the chance to grow and flourish, by setting them free. Somewhere hidden amongst them is a masterpiece.
Write to release your inner bookworm
As an avid reader, I gain a great deal of enjoyment and relaxation from reading. I would like others to gain this from something I have written.
As a writer, you have to read, to write. Some will argue with me on this, but I’m sticking to my opinion. To be a quality writer you have to be a quality reader.
Write to supplement your income.
For some, this is not a popular option. Yes, I enjoy writing, would I like to make enough money to stay at home? Of course, I would, I have a two-year-old I want to spend as much time with, as possible. I don’t think anyone starts writing to be rich, but it would be an added bonus.
Whether you are writing to supplement your income or to replace your day job, writing is a job. Sure it helps if you love what you do for a job. Don’t be ashamed to admit you write for money.
Whatever your motivation for writing, ensure you enjoy your work. You will need the love of writing to deal with the rejection and critics.
What is your motivation for writing?