A New Philosophy on my Writing

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. — Benjamin Franklin

Generally, in the past, I have subscribed to the theory in the above quote, but I find that I don’t seem to write as often as I want or should. I have always been picky about the things that I write, wanting each piece to be great. I’ve found that even when I do write, it isn’t always great. So, I have decided to go with the strategy of writing more often, even if it isn’t great, according to my own standards.

It is important to me to write. Writing for me, like many others, has therapeutic outcomes that have given me the opportunity to get past emotional pitfalls. The problem I routinely run into is that keeping a journal doesn’t quench my thirst for needing an audience. Whether it’s my longing for attention or communal appreciation of sharing, I want the interaction of others to my writing.

However, with that need of an audience, my personal expectation for the audience is to be able to get something out of my writing. So, I edit my words profusely. I have to have every word have meaning. As a writer, it’s my job to connect to the reader, and that can be a difficult proposition. The end result is that I don’t write as much as I’d like, because I have problems sharing writing that isn’t the highest quality.

Today, I am throwing that notion away. You might read this piece and think it completely sucks. And you’d probably be correct. It needs work. I am sure of it. Maybe I should have used a different word in the second paragraph or searched a little harder for a better quote. All that doesn’t matter now. I am writing this to simply say that I wrote something today.

This site is an opportunity for me to express myself more often. I need that. I know I am a good writer. Writing more often should make me a better writer. Hopefully, another by-product of increased frequency will be a larger audience. I’d love to be able to have the ability to reach more people. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I will write something that will reach more people.

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