There are many reasons to write, and all of them have to deal with some kind of desire. Whether you want to prove that you can create a story, or whether you do it for a job and need to get paid, writing is an essential form of language and communication that is important to humanity in many ways. But let’s focus on just one thing at a time, yeah?
Writing a story is the manner by which many generate ideas and then flesh out them out in a way that makes sense initially just to them, but eventually to everyone else. It’s not a perfect process, there will always be rewrites and a chance to make something sound better than it already is. But writing is initially a great idea simply because it brings to life the worlds we see in our heads and gives us an outlet to show people just what we’re thinking and how grand it can be.
It’s not easy, remember?
Of course it’s not. If it was easy everyone would be able to do it and trust me, a lot of people that think they can are fooling themselves and trying to fool others. Writing has to come from somewhere deep inside, a desire to bring the world in your mind to the foreground so that people can see, or it’s bound to just sit and fester until it finally goes nowhere, remaining fantasy that might be ready to go but has no outlet. Some folks think of a great idea and then let it go since their priorities are elsewhere. Some think that they can change the world with the idea in their heads, and sometimes it’s true. Others tend to take those ideas and share them not because they want to change the world, but because they want that idea out of their head where they can see it clearly. Letting everyone else see then becomes a byproduct of their desire to write.
You see, writing is a personal thing to start with, you write for yourself because it’s important. You write for others because they desire your ideas.
It’s not an “everyone can do it” kind of thing.
It’s not meant to be exclusive in any way, but like certain skills that some people can do and others can’t, writing is one of those that takes a certain amount of desire and innate skill to pull off. If you can’t put two sentences together without asking someone then chances are you might not be cut out for writing. If you can’t use your imagination to think up your own ideas and have to copy others routinely then you might not be cut out for this world. There’s no snobbery to it, writing is a demanding skill and one that requires at least some talent before you can really apply yourself. You don’t try to build a home without at least some desire to learn how, do you?
It’s not something you get into for money.
Well, it is and it isn’t. If you want to write, have the skill, and think you’re going to be rich all of a sudden then you might want to think twice. Writing is a great skill to have and it’s something that is prized by a lot of people, but it’s not always the most lucrative job in the world. Even if you think that novelists tend to make a lot of money you might need to readjust your thinking since really, honestly, some of the best in the business still have to work to make ends meet. Writing in this manner is like teaching, you don’t generally go into it for the money.
When all is said and done, writing is difficult even for those that can do it and enjoy doing it. Like any other job it requires a lot of time, effort, and experience to really get good it. You could be the greatest storyteller in the world, but unless you’re willing to learn and to grow along with your skill then you’re not going to go too far. Writing is worth it, but only if you make it so.