Hi everyone, and welcome to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you stopped by.
All month long, I’m taking some time to talk about 2018, in a way I’ve never done before. I’m determined to help us close out this year properly, to usher in 2019 in the best way possible. Why? Because I have some things to say, and I think some of you really ought to hear them. Because I care about you, and I want to take some time to tell you these things.
#2: Your writing is necessary
I mean that. It is. You, whoever you are, have a writing that is necessary, in this world. Your writing is different from everyone else’s. Your writing is unique, and it is a beautiful part of this world. If you didn’t write, this world would be missing a voice. Your voice. And that would be a very sad thing, indeed.
This, I think, is one of the most important things I can tell you, my writer friends. And that’s why I wanted to do this early on in the series.
I know that for some of you, a new year means a new opportunity for writing, a new year in which to explore new realms of fiction. But for others, it means a chance to step back, to quietly back down, to disappear.
My words, today, are for all of you.
Your writing, whether you’re a published author with a huge following or a basement writer who’s only been read by the closest of friends, is necessary.
If someone has read it, then it’s touched someone. Then it meant something to them. Bear in mind, of course, that if you wrote it, you read it along the way. It touched you. It meant something to you. And that’s enough reason not to let it slip away into the shadows.
Your writing, my dear writer, is necessary.
No one could write those words the way you do. No one has the same ideas as you. No one shares your imagination. No one sees things the same way as you. No one could write the same things you do, the same way you do.
That alone, makes your writing necessary.
It makes your writing mean something, even if only to you.
Whether you’re overjoyed about the work you did this year, the time you spent on your writing and the results you’ve gotten, the feedback you’ve received from your biggest fans, or you’re saddened by the fact that you barely had time to write, that you didn’t write like you should’ve done, I want you to know that the words you write are necessary, meaningful, and important.
Even if you’re the only one who ever reads them. (because even professional authors have words they only write for themselves)
Your writing is necessary. The world needs your voice. Whether that world is contained in the mind of a single person, or in the minds of millions.
You, dear writer, dear friend, are necessary.