If you’re a writer, one would assume that you always love writing. But if you’ve been writing a while that is typically not the case. In fact, writing can be frustrating more often than not. Sometimes, the words just don’t flow. Sometimes, writing sounds tantamount to throwing yourself off a bridge. Still, if you identify as a writer, you’ve likely understand that writing can be frustrating. You may have even have found yourself a victim of frustrated writer’s syndrome, wondering if good writing is enough.
The short answer is, it isn’t. Good art is supposed to make an impact in the world, at least a tiny bit. But good art without promotion or recognition does little good for anyone, least of all your sanity. That doesn’t mean that creating for the sake of it is a bad thing. What it means is that receiving little reward for your effort can make you feel like you’re just typing words into a black hole, scattering them to the winds.
Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a rut with my writing. When I started this blog, the idea was to write out two posts a week. For the last two weeks, that hasn’t happened. Last week, I only wrote one post. This week, I barely got out this one. Maybe it’s because I’ve had to work a lot lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve inherently recognized that I’d rather be doing almost anything else than writing. But still, I’m increasingly realized that the point of this platform is not just at as an outlet, but as a way to get an immediate connection with tens of readers. To use writing in its intended form, as communication of ‘original’ ideas.
For too long, I’ve inherently separated my writing into ‘the projects I want to work on’ and ‘what I do to make money.’ That doesn’t mean that that change comes easily. But I’ve been able to turn my personal writing, not writing about products or services, into something getting actual views. In fact, despite writing overall less than last month I broke 2,000 views this month.
Still, this doesn’t make the fact that writing can be frustrating any easier to bear. You ever notice how a lot of content online is focused on giving advice or solving a problem? Well, this isn’t that. This is just a way for me to express myself. And sometimes, with writing, that’s all you need.