NaNoWriMo: Write Because You Enjoy It

Category: Writing

When I mentioned to my husband that I liked to write (quite some time ago) he was rather excited, thinking that I might be the next JK Rowling and make enough money from one book to live off for the rest of our lives.  I soon set him right on that front, but I found that afterwards when I was scribbling down some half baked idea, I would be thinking to myself – what really is the point of this?  I’m not going to make it into a chapter, never mind a book. 

I spoke to somebody else about it and what they said is true – not everybody who paints will exhibit, not everybody who plays an instrument will play in a concert, so not everybody who writes will be published.  You do these things because they give you pleasure and the time you spend on them is always worthwhile for yourself.

So, I think what I’m trying to say is that my advice would be: just because your writing may never become a book (far less a published book) keep writing because of the enjoyment it gives you.

 

Tomorrow: Philippa Cochrane on writing books you actually want to read

Julia Collins

Julia Collins is SBT's Finance Manager.