Number 1 Reason for Writing!
People love to read.
There have been books going back to ancient times. Not just books in print, but books on tape for the blind and now on book readers for those who want to take their reading to a technical level. Libraries, book stores, and internet retailers all speak to the volumes of books that are sold every moment!
It should be of no surprise then that the secret ingredient to writing is what people are reading!
Thought to ponder: Shakespeare was a respected writer in his day, but his reputation did not rise until the 19th century.
Why do people read?
People read for all different reasons. Here are some general reasons why:
- People love to learn information.
- Reading opens a variety of emotional experiences that the person can relate to.
- It's hard to stop reading an interesting book that appeals to the reader.
- Reading provides an activity.
- Some books are fascinating and contain facts that the reader uses as education.
- Books can be useful for a person traveling to unknown territory.
- Writers have personal knowledge or experience which the reader enjoys and finds comforting to their own life situations.
Types of Books
What do readers use most when indulging in a good book?
Did you ever curl up with a good book and get lost in it for hours? Reading every word like it was going to wash away from the page until you are forced to pay attention to something else?
Why do people read books when they can watch a movie?
What is so special about a book? Why do people get caught up and use their time reading a book that takes three days when a movie takes two hours of their time?
People like to use their imagination. Imagination is powerful.
Think about how words on a page create a visual perspective for you when you are caught up reading for several hours in a row and continue for days until the book is finished!
How do emotions evolve through reading?
When a person picks up a book, within moments of reading in to page one, they can pretty much tell whether or not the book is for them.
Have you ever watched an action-packed movie and from the first minute after the credits roll, the first scene jumps right into a train wreck, massive destruction, or a really entertaining exchange with the actors that makes you stay put for wanting more?
Books are similar to those who love to read.
Reading brings out emotions in us that are similar to the words that author uses to get their points across.
In all actuality, writers are brilliant marketers. They must be in order to sell their books or keep new interest.
There are far more pros than cons when considering or pursuing a chance at writing. Whether you are starting a book or writing on blogs.
The pros and cons of writing.
- Takes your mind off of reality and engulfs you in imagination and determination.
- Brings a sense of accomplishment.
- Helps find inner solutions to matters that can only be solved by writing through them.
- Supplemental or sustained income.
- To reach a goal.
- Lack of time.
- Maintenance of existing writings.
- Copyright thieves.
- Disappointment in ratings.
- Conflict with those that have a different opinion.
Why is writing therapeutic?
While carpal tunnel can be attributed to typists in some situations, writing is very therapeutic.
It cleanses our inner thoughts and exchanges emotions as we dazzle the screen in front of us with memories jarred from our lifetime.
While many writers only pursue fact-based articles, even in doing so, they must discover something about their own self which fulfills them and provokes them to write more.
While we all don't write for the New York Times or win a Pulitzer, writing comes with its own accomplishments that can only be rewarded to the writer.
For one, writers feel a sense of pride when writing. They are creating something from nothing. Starting from scratch on a blank piece of paper or a computer screen, the dialog is endless.
There they have a chance to express themselves and allow readers to enjoy every well written word which will hopefully inspire the next person to write. And from there, the flow of writing continues.
While we don't all have what it takes to stand on stage and recite an acceptance speech for best in writing, we all have within us the desire to communicate with people that we have never met, who we will most likely never meet, just writing from the center of our thoughts to allow others to connect the dots.
Do you find writing therapeutic?
Did you know that until 1950, paperback books consisted entirely of reprints?
Golden Medal Books was the first paperback book publisher to publish original works.
What's the point in writing if....
Lately there has been a lot of talk about internet thieves stealing most-visited articles. They seek to gain the reward of others by copying, pasting and calling it their own on another venue.
Such incident happened to me personally this week as well as a lot of other writers on the internet.
I don't think I will ever understand a person that seeks to steal from another in order to accomplish gain for their own self. After all, it is has been publicly declared for months that revenue is down on many sites. The venue where this particular thief plagiarized my article doesn't even allow any kind of revenue sharing.
What exactly is the point in someone stealing another's article and posting it somewhere else on the internet, especially if it has been positively confirmed that there is no financial gain from doing so?
Years ago I learned a valuable life lesson.
Of course it was instilled in me since childhood that quitting is never an option.
But having said that, a lesson was instilled in me by strangers online who I had never met, but could only hope to become like one day.
The people I speak of were writing for blogs. They weren't doing it for financial gain at first, until there was a contest. Once the contest came to the forefront of the website, all of the people I had once enjoyed calling friends were now using harsh tactics against one another to get ahead in their own achievement.
Like a thief stealing content from an article that has been recognized for accuracy and popularity, the people who wrote simply to win a contest had much in common.
They lost the focus of what writing is truly about.
Is writing simply all about the money?
I honestly don't believe so. There are two people in my own life who wrote and published books who barely broke even. They didn't gain monetary value for publishing several hundred page books that took several years and cost them thousands to have printed.
They published books to leave a legacy for people after them. They wanted others to learn about their experiences and life. Why? Because they had something to share. They had something of interest to those who read their novels. They were purely interested in allowing readers to digest their creativity in ways not possible through other methods.
Whether or not someone steals your articles from an online venue that you write, you still wrote them. You are entitled to all of the credit. When the thief becomes bored with what they stole, they will either take the stolen words off of their own screen or become banned by all of the complaints filed against them.
Do not worry about which you cannot control. Only worry about your reaction to it.
What is the number 1 reason for writing?
The truthful number one reason for writing is for the readers.
I can give you countless examples of how someone was touched by something written.
Emotions speak to readers loud and clear through words of experience.
Readers search for knowledge based on experience from others.
They want to hear something real, thought-provoking, encouraging and inspiring!
In Journalism, sometimes the most important answers are the ones you don't ask. For this reason, in writing, some of the most important questions are the ones you answer with silence.
Written word is powerful.