How To Transform Your Need To Write Into A Productive Endeavor
You feel the need to let it out — but what then?
There are days when all you want to do is write. You want to write something impressive, grandiose, everlasting. Congratulations — you feel the need.
But then, when you sit in front of your computer, you start to fill the page with words and words and words.
The need is spent, you no longer need to keep on writing. But what have you created?
An Emotional Rant?
You may have written about how Alex left you for that jerk and how it makes you feel, or maybe you wrote about your day, or how something has been bothering you for a while.
All of these are valid. The question you need to ask yourself is how these emotional rants help you out? Do they make you feel better? That’s awesome.
I’m willing to bet that as a writer with the need, some extra dollars from your writing in your bank account also makes you feel a little bit better. Am I right?
Write What Comes But Make It Helpful
You wrote about Alex — your significant other that left you for some jerk — and how it made you feel. Now, ask yourself, how is this going to be helpful to other people? It’s a harsh truth to accept, but nobody cares that Alex left you besides perhaps some close friends and relatives.
Those won’t sustain your writing career. If you want to make money from what you write, you need to give other people value.
What did you learn from this experience? What would you do differently in your next relationship? What advice could you give other people?
Edit And Review
The Power of Storytelling and writing is in the emotional component behind the words. When you make your reader feel something you are bringing them closer to you. They understand you better.
When you also give them value — something that stays with them — that is when they decide to come back to you and get more.
Whenever you work on one of your pieces, you should keep in mind those two points:
- Is my text engaging to my reader?
- Is my text giving them value? Do they learn something from me?
Even fiction can teach a reader something new or let them see something familiar in a new light. Use that in your future writing.
Then comes the part when you need to review. The best way is to let someone else read and see how they react. If the read is smooth, you’re golden. Otherwise, the places where they get stuck are those you need to edit for readability.
Another tactic is to read aloud. That way, you’ll get stuck where you need to improve.
Share Far And Wide
You’ve created a piece that helps people. It isn’t a selfish request to ask people to share it with their friends.
Ask people to read and react. Ask people to let you know how your idea manifested in their lives. Did it change something about how they live their lives? If so, congratulations!
You have successfully made your need for writing a productive one.
If you keep producing pieces that help people and share them on social media, the crowd will build itself. Keep on writing and make it helpful.