Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The 'purpose' of writing

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Sometimes, I want to write a blog post but cannot think of a subject that I really want to write about. Other times, I do a blog post and then I decide I don't like it, and delete it afterwards.

Whilst it's definitely good to keep your writing high quality, it can be easy to focus on whether a blog post is 'good enough' or whether it will really inspire your readers. An 8 out of 10? Or even better, a 9 out of 10. Even better than that, a perfect 10. Then I will feel like I've really achieved something.

I'm in one of those moods tonight where I don't feel particularly 'inspired' as to what to write. Maybe it's because I'm in the middle of the work week and also have been dealing with a bit of personal stuff, hence a bit of a heavy week.

But it's made me wonder - what am I trying to achieve or what do I want to achieve through writing? Or is there a need to 'achieve' anything at all? And I have to admit, it is easy to read my friends' blog posts and make an estimation as to how good they are. And also compare them to my posts :)

At the end of the day, I guess the thing with writing is to write from your heart and in your own style. This way, you're far more likely to strike a chord with your readers. Be real, and don't worry about offending other people (but don't make a deliberate effort to do so). Keep your writing style fresh and say what you are feeling NOW. I sometimes talk about being present and the same is true with writing. It's so easy, if you're a budding writer, to think about how you want to publish your book and for it to be successful .. which is perfectly normal, but it is better to be unattached to future writing goals and just enjoy what you are writing.

Another thing that I feel is extremely important when it comes to writing is self-belief. I will discuss this in my next post.

Wishing you the best in your writing journey


  1. Great post Andy, I must admit, sometimes I wonder what I want to achieve with my writing, so I know where you're coming from. I tend to write from the heart as much as possible with both my blog and my novels/short stories. I think that way you are being authentic and people can tell. Like you say, its easier to strike a chord with someone else when you are being you. I also agree with the self belief, it plays a huge part in a writers success. x

    1. Thanks Rachel - yes self belief is crucial. I'm sure JK Rowling had lots of belief in her ability whilst she was writing Harry Potter. And yes I'm sure people can tell if you're being authentic.

  2. I hear you Andy, and as I said last time I saw you, I have many 'sh*t' posts in my past haha. Sometimes I write utterly randomly and think what the heck did I post that for. For example this week, I had a dream about 'thigh gaps' in women. Utterly random. But I felt I had to write about thigh gaps, not my usual thing to write about. Needless to say it got some conversation going on twitter, so obviously some posts are for some people and others for.. well others. I say just write. Some people read, some people don't some people hate and some are indifferent and then you have the weird ones that come to your blog and call you names haha

    1. I am a bit fussy and tend to get rid of things I don't like. Not sure if that's good or bad, or neither?! I saw that you did a blog post on thigh gaps but not sure if I should read it lol .. But yeah you're right, people respond to your writing differently.


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