It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers and author of the CassaFire series, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Today I'd like to take a moment first off to say congrats to all the survivors of the Blogging A Through Z challenge that just ended yesterday. It was an absolute blast, but at the same time very very draining. And for those of you whose blogs I didn't get around to, I'm so sorry. Between writing my own posts and being in and out of the hospital with my family every day, I was a little short on time this challenge. I wasn't sure I'd even get my act together to write this post, I was so tired when I finished up with my alphabetic frenzie. But alas I did, much to my own surprise. And I even came up with something (in the very midst of my exhaustion, so don't expect too much) that I consider invaluable knowledge.
Write for yourself. Write to please yourself first, and everyone else second. I'd like to say for yourself first and nobody else, but as a writer who's trying to get published via traditional means (and yes, I've considered self-publishing. That's a topic for another day), I have to keep my intended audience in mind or I may never crack my way into the industry.
But it's important, no matter what you're writing, to write for yourself. If you're blogging, don't worry about what people might comment. If you're completing a novel, write something you'd love to read. I've heard people say it before, but this past month, with the insanity of posting every single day and very little free time, it finally hit.
Write for yourself.
It's the only thing that counts.