I used to think writing was a personal thing. My thing. As long as I liked it, and had fun doing it, it was okay.
But my thinking has changed. What is writing without a reader? At the end of the day, you’re writing for others. You’re writing for an audience. (Unless it’s your personal diary, of course.) Still, I would like Future Me to read back on my younger posts and not roll her eyes…too much.
It’s something we tend to forget. Us writers are introverted, self-centered bitches sometimes! We forget writing is about the People and for the People. If we want to be successful writers – people with a real positive influence and effect on society, which is what I think most of us strive to be – we need to remember our audience. They need to identify with something. Bond with something.
That’s why I started blogging, and started paying real attention to my blogging. If a post didn’t do so well, that probably meant people didn’t identify with it.
For the most, writing is a lonely profession. I’m not saying it’s not okay to shut yourself up in your room and be in your own world. Some of my best writing I would never show a single soul unless posthumously, because some stuff is just too personal. I’m just saying we should remember our words are meant to be read. Eventually.