I got back into creative writing recently, after a decade-plus long hiatus, and I did it largely for myself. I finally figured out that writing for an audience of one would be the best way to let myself loose creatively.
But once I got started, I voraciously started reading blogs on writing, listening to podcasts with authors, and scrolling through too much #amwriting and #writingcommunity on Twitter. It got overwhelming, and amongst it, I forgot there for a bit that I was really writing just for myself.
Yes, it would be nice to have a daily writing routine; yes, it would be nice to eventually get published. But I am really doing it for me, because I love storytelling, and this is my creative outlet at the moment.
When I heard Jodie Whittaker talking on “David Tennant Does a Podcast With…” she shared some wisdom about wanting to be successful versus aiming for fame — a line she crossed over recently when she became the new Doctor Who. As a writer, being successful is not the same as being famous (getting published, selling lots of books, etc.). No, the point is just to write.
To the outside world, fame equals success. And we know that’s not the case. They’re very different beasts, and they’re not the same dream. Wanting to be a successful actor and wanting to be famous are completely different dreams, and I only had one of those dreams.