Why We Write
Every day, Joel and I come up with new articles to share. Some days, we struggle to come up with something; you can call that writers block. Other days, we are bursting with ideas. No matter what though, we want to provide articles because we have a desire to write about topics that excite us. We hope that our topics excite you too, but the main crux of why we write is more than just writing to entertain. Today, I’d like to just take a step back and talk about why we write, how your input is invaluable and how we would love to hear from more of you.
Writing Is Therapeutic
Okay, this one is true but sometimes it’s trickier than just saying it’s therapeutic. Joel and I are passionate about writing, especially about what we enjoy. Before I even met Joel, he was busy writing campaigns, writing characters and coming up with all sorts of quirky adventures. Before I started running GeekOut, I was inspired by Pratchett, writing pieces that went unpublished and remain that way. I wrote pieces outside of my comfort zone; I wrote pieces very within my comfort zone.
Writing is important and it’s an art. Like many arts, writing is also a discipline. We write daily so we can improve and hopefully get critical feedback from you. We also hope that the topics we discuss are interesting and engaging. What we really hope to get out of our articles are a conversation, but all of this is only possible with discipline. We’ve made mistakes in the past, we’re happy to admit it, so we look to learn from those mistakes.
To Hear From Others
Feedback is critical, but it’s not the only conversation we look for. We often will find other blogs through writing our articles. Something we write may resonate with another blogger; sometimes they’re experienced writers, other times they’re fairly inexperienced. Whatever the reason, it’s fair to say that community and conversation are at the core of our writing – and I’d like to think Joel thinks the same.
Whatever your thoughts are on writing, perhaps you should challenge yourself. Figure out why you write; do you do it as it’s a discipline? Do you do it for the community? What makes you write something about your favourite episode of Star Trek, or the latest game you’ve been bursting through? Do you do it to be acknowledged, or do you do it to hopefully create dialogue. Share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.