Writing for yourself not for the Rewards

It’s easy enough to write for outside factors, such as money, fame, and even other people, but that is not why one should choose to be a writer. It’s not likely to strike it rich or become a celebrity from your writing, and even if you are lucky enough for that to happen, it never lasts. No matter how much fame or fortune you get from your writing, if it’s not what you enjoy, you won’t be happy. Money runs out, and people forget you. The one thing you will always have, however, is the one thing that you do that makes you happy. Writing isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain kind of person matched with a certain kind of mindset to actually enjoy the art. If writing isn’t that one thing, yet you choose to pursue it solely as your career, you will not be happy in the end. 

Isn’t that all that matters in the end? Not what you had, but how you enjoyed life? When you are dead and gone, and long forgotten, would you rather have your money buried with you or memories of a life well lived?

That’s why I have decided to write for myself. I am not motivated by rewards, only for the happiness that takes over my mind when I am writing, for the satisfaction I feel when I’ve finished a piece. I write to express myself, to relieve myself of all the stress that builds up inside me. Writing is my escape.

Like reading, it allows me to become someone else, even if for just a little while. I can get into the minds of my characters and feel them as nobody else ever can, because I created them, and they all reflect a part of me, no matter how small. I understand and care about each and every character. They came from me, and I put pieces of myself into them.

When you choose to write for yourself, many things will change. Most visibly, though, will be the quality of your writing. A writer has to feel what they are writing about, they have to be passionate about it and want to write about it. You must write about something you want to write about, or who will want to read it?

To be honest, it took me a while to realize that I wasn’t writing for myself, but for the rewards, and I’m working on that now. It took 2 full years of constant writer’s block for me to finally see the truth. And you know what? Nothing will stop me now.