WRITING FROM BEHIND THE CURVE, Blog #2–Who are we writing for anyway?

It has been reported that some 80 percent of people want to write a book during their lifetimes, but that only two percent actually do.  I suspect there are many reasons why the aspirations of so many become reality for so few.  As I mentioned in Blog #1, the many responsibilities of life, I believe, get in the way for most would be writers.  Sure, there are the dedicated young students that love the written word and wish to make a career conveying their message, but even those trained for the art of writing have only a modest prospect.  For every major writer, whose name might be known widely within reading circles, there are tens of thousands of even published writers for whom the bell of notoriety will never toll.  In fact, a typical published book will average sales of just 250 copies per year and 3000 over its published lifetime.  And yet, we are fascinated when at a gathering we may meet a published writer who comes to us with all of the romanticism that we have conjured up for those whose works are worth paying for.  One who, through intellect and hard work, has crossed a bridge that we may have dreamed of crossing all of our busy adult lives.

Time has passed now and we are not that young person anymore, that person who could actually have made the decision to become the writer within, no matter where that may have taken us–to notoriety or to obscurity.  So, we say to ourselves that no one will want to read us at this late date, and certainly not publish us.  And I say back to you, “So what?”  You see, it is the wrong frame of reference to continue to think in terms of being published.  That thinking is the sand in the machinery of your mind that grinds you into inactivity, into abandonment of your life-long dream to write.  Rather, ask yourself this–do you not still have a story to tell and does it really matter if it is published, or even read?  In short, first and foremost, you must write for yourself, not for family, friends, notoriety, and certainly not for a publisher.  Yes, it is narrowly possible that you might become the Grandma Moses of writing, but more than likely you will not, and more than likely you will not be published in the traditional sense.  But you will have said what it is you have to say.  And 50 or 100 years from now, your writing, which will no doubt be floating within the digital cloud, perhaps as a self-published E-Book, will be there for someone to look back into your mind, into what you thought was important to say.  It is a legacy that only you can write, so write it.  Begin now.

Next week’s blog:  But I’ve never even taken a writing class.

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R. Scott Franklin, Author, Clarity is Dying


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