Today’s writing quote mirrors my post from yesterday. Recently I’ve felt that I’ve begun to write what I think people want to read instead of what I actually want to write. Sometimes, that’s a good thing to do, like for papers in classes, but mostly if I don’t write for me, I end up with sub-par content.
It isn’t that I want to be “original” per se (because does that really exist?), but I still want to have a voice and stay true to my style and my opinions. As soon as I start writing to “be popular” my voice goes down the toilet. I’ve never been particularly good at following trends, which isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing. In the wake of that though, when I try to write what is trendy or popular, it never turns out quite as good as the examples I have seen.
That’s the rub, though. Writing what is popular isn’t a bad thing. Following a trend isn’t inherently evil either. It’s when I begin to look at other writing that has a large fan base and emulate what it has to offer in order to make my writing more “sell-able” it never turns out to be quite the quality of the example. At least from my perspective. If I write what I am interested in, and what I want to write, then I have nothing to compare myself to. I have no reason to have the desire to rip it up and throw it in the trash can. If it is my idea, I know how I want it to sound and the process that would best suit the piece. I know how to change it in order to turn it into what I want to see. I can’t do that if I am constantly comparing my writing to other authors. Therefore, I must write solely for me.