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Why Do You Write? What Are Your Goals?
What is your motivation for writing?
We all have some reason why we put a pencil to paper, or sit at a computer keyboard, to string words together and then share those words with others.
Is it to share your personal passions and knowledge with people around the world?
Is it to educate and spread awareness about a topic that means a lot to you? To get people to then investigate other sources, other voices, other opinions on that topic than they might be hearing in the mainstream media?
Is it to hook your readers on one piece of your writing to then get them to read more of your work? That is, are you writing articles solely to promote yourself as an author, to turn people into your "fans"?
Is it to build friendships around the world, to communicate with people you may never get to meet in "real life"?
Is it simply to make money? Is writing a job and not a passion for you, but simply a way to try to earn a living (or at least, to supplement your earnings from other sources and places of employment?)
And perhaps more specifically, do your reasons for writing, your goals as a writer, have to be the same as mine?
I don't believe that they do. I think we can all be writers for our own reasons, with our own personal motivations in mind. Not every writer has to see the same things as signs of achievement and success. While some may not consider an online article successful unless it earns a certain number of dollars in sales and ad revenue, others might not care about the money at all, and value heartfelt comments or heated debate much more highly.
Similarly, not every writer will find the same writing platforms suitable and right for their goals. For some, HubPages may be a place they feel suits their needs and goals best—or perhaps Wizzley does better for them. Others may prefer the personal freedom of running their own blog or website where they do not have to meet the (often ever-changing) rules and demands of a third-party. Some writers may find the best platform for their work depends on the specific article and topic at hand so they like to publish on a variety of websites.
With these thoughts in mind, I believe it's very wrong for anyone ever to make sweeping statements about what is or isn't, what should or shouldn't be, "every writer's goal".
Just because you may write for one specific reason does not mean that others should or must feel the same. You may belittle those who you feel “only write for money”, but writing for pay is a perfectly valid reason to be a writer. Similarly, if someone else writes primarily to share awareness of and their experiences with a particular disease, for instance, and doesn’t care about earning anything from it, that is completely valid as well. The reasons behind a person’s writing does not necessarily make one a better writer than the other. Or a better person.
© 2015 Nicole Pellegrini