Because someone might read it.
And because I read it. This is not a maudlin post of self pity – “wah wah… no one reads my stuff”. No.
I sucked you in with the title. Not sure what piqued your interest, but I am really glad you are here.
I write because I am driven to write. I launch it into the world because I also enjoy playing the lottery. I have had stuff go viral in the most benign ways. I have no idea what’s going to draw people’s attention to the person behind the post.
That’s what I am really interested in. If what I write interests you in any way, I am going to want to get to know you to some degree. Not like family or a love interest… but as a person whose life is a story worth reading.
A letter once a month catching me up on what is happening in your life. Then I’d get to read it and share my perspective on who I think you are becoming because of the shape the story of your life is taking.
I am so moved by a person… not people. People as a group, are wacky. Even when they are working for the most just of causes… they can be so wacky.
But as a general rule of thumb a person is reasonable. I talk to lots of “persons” all around the world all the time. I am intimate with their lives and have the privilege of seeing their strengths and encouraging them.
One of these “persons” is a close friend that I speak to everyday. She’s a writer. I love her writing. I am in the middle of reading her novel right now. I am doing it very slowly. It isn’t an overlong novel, so I am sort of doling it out to myself. Extending it for as long as I can.
Anyway, the reason I know that casting your writing into the world of social media is a lottery is because of this person. She really should be a published author. But somehow amid the wash of writers alive and prowling in the waters of the internet she has been lost adrift.
Fear not, for I have cast my net and captured this mermaid. I do believe she will be publishing her first novel herself. I have the very first e-reader copy. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable read so far.
She writes stories for companies. She has a wonderful way with words. http://thecorvidpen.com/
She also has a blog http://thecorvidpen.com/the-corvid-duck This is where you get to ramble around in the head of a writer. I think what is most charming about what she writes is her blatant honesty and the ability to convey that honesty in a way where you immediately understand where she is coming from. She is so incredibly real, so human. It’s an honour just to know her, never mind be a close friend.
So, because she isn’t a household name, I believe that casting your writing out into the world is a lottery.
I do have a point, by the way… this friendship was made because of how much I liked her writing. And subsequently she reads my stuff and loves me anyway.
I may not be the best writer in the world, but I can still convey a message. I think it’s important to write because it does something purely for you. But I also think it’s all right to cast it out to the world and hope that someone gets some understanding from a fumbly written post.