Write for Yourself

by | Life

The majority of my writing is handed over to somebody else. As a freelance writer, this is to be expected.

A lot of the time, I’m not choosing my own topics. I mean, I’m not complaining. I chose this career path and I choose each individual job I take, but I sometimes forget how much more fun writing is when I do it for myself.

When I write about things I actually enjoy. Or when I write about nothing at all, it sets my soul on fire. Because it reminds me how much I love to write.

The problem is, I don’t do this very often anymore. It’s like I have a cap in my mind to how much I’m allowed to write each day. And after I’ve written my articles for the day, I don’t think I need to write anything else for myself. Like, that other stuff counts more than the words I write that are meaningful to me.

And now, I feel as if I don’t know how to write for myself anymore. The words don’t come as easily. Because when we don’t practice something, we lose it. Simple as that.

I think this happens to a lot of us. We feel this pressure to create clickbait titles, and get a ton of followers, and that’s all good and well, but is it serving you? Do you love it?

If you do, rock on with yo’ bad self.

If not, write about things that light you up. Things you care about. Things that matter to you. Because most likely, they matter to someone else, too.

Write your way back to the reason you started writing in the first place.

So, write for yourself. I know I’m going to.

Write for yourself. It’s okay to write for other people sometimes, too. But don’t forget about yourself.

You need to write it, and we probably need to read it.

And anyway, it’s a lot more fun to write about things we care about.

And when it comes down to it, fun is the only thing that really matters…

Photo Credit: Aidan Meyer

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