It is all about you.

by Stuart Smith
(South Africa)

If you start writing to please others over yourself you will not be as creative as your potential will allow you to be. Write the story you want to write. Write for pleasure not profit and success will follow. Your passion will attract readers because they will see that passion in your work. Don't try so hard to write. Let the words flow like water and if they don't flow, don't write. Readers can sense forced writing. Above all, have fun while you write and the reader will have fun too.

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Nov 08, 2008
that really helps =)
by: Anonymous

Thanks, its so true. I've been writing pieces for a story that I'm dying to read -two chapters here, one chapter there...but whenever I go back to the first chapter I can never start it. I just have to stop trying so hard to start it and just let it flow.

Aug 03, 2008
Writing For Yourself
by: Audrey

Stuart,

That's such a great contribution! If you are not writing for yourself first, there is usually something missing. As you say, passion.

Writing for yourself first gives writing a depth of meaning that will likely be missing from writing that you do strictly for others.

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of writing for self only. Students have to do assignments. Teachers and office workers have to write reports. Freelance and ghostwriters have to write to an assignment.

In those cases, it's best to take a moment to find the passion in the piece. Find that thing that touches your heart and write from that place. If what you are writing doesn't move you first, it won't move anyone else, either.

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