When I started out writing, it was always my time, my writing and my ideas. The world inherently revolved around me. I felt like whatever I had to say was always a reflection of myself and my inner thoughts.
As we mature, we tend to realize that the I becomes “we” and with good writing the we can also be “you”.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly fine to make a piece your own. There’s nothing wrong with sharing you inner feelings. Some of the best posts I’ve read are heartfelt, personal stories that taught me something beautiful. As time goes by though, you realize that if you want to keep on writing and engage with readers, what you write has to be more than just personal stories about you.
Sometimes I feel like we have lost the art of writing because we are always trying to be so gimmicky. We write to please; we write to prosper. We don’t write for the sake of writing.
Many new bloggers struggle to find content. After the initial gusto wears off, they don’t know how to get started and don’t know what to write about. The writing wanes and some just give up on blogging altogether. They keep waiting for inspiration to strike them to put out that unique piece of writing that is theirs.
But content is no longer unique. With the hundreds of thousands of blogs and content out there. Coming up with a unique idea is rare. The only thing that you can count on then is your personal take on the matter.
The best writers know how to make their content engaging with a touch of personal stories and how their experience could be translated into ideas that appeal to people. They write because they have a point of view that’s engaging and worth reading.
Experienced bloggers go with the ebb and flow of life. They keep writing whether their content is being read or not. Some content gets curated and some don’t. But that never stops them from moving forward. They keep going. Because once the fire is lit within you, it’s hard to put out.
People who write everyday and write often, reap the benefits of it. Every article you read on Medium or any other place draws to the same conclusion. Writing everyday has made the words flow and has made the writing better. There’s immense truth to this.
Humans are creatures of habits. It’s not difficult to find the time write. All we need to do is create a habit. If we’re motivated enough, writing could become such a habit that you can’t live without. As with any other skill in the world, the key to bringing out the best writing in you is to practice.
I’ve been blogging for 10 years now, even if it hasn’t always been very consistent. I’ve never given up. Just because life got in the way or, I couldn’t write for weeks doesn’t mean I closed down my blog. It’s true I don’t have a lot of followers and don’t really make money but I’ve held on to something I love. I started writing as a teenager and the passion in me remains to this day.
People who love to write, move past the goal of followers or becoming popular. They’re not in it for the money. They love writing and the money is simply a perk that they enjoy. It’s always the case with life, that when we decide to stop running after something, it comes to us anyway.
So write for the love of writing and ideas will come to you.
You can choose to be a short-lived writer who puts out content for the sake of it or you could choose to be a writer who’s in it for the long-haul, loving every moment of what you do.