I’ve finally settled on talking about writer’s expectations (why not continue with expectations in this session on the blog) on today’s Thoughtful Thursday session. Reading glasses on, let’s begin!
So I’m just a writer, new, beginning, learning, an on-the-job being trained one and I don’t know all writers expect but I bet this one sure does cut across.
Writers expect their works to be read. Writers expect their works to be appreciated. After they expect to receive feedback. If you are friend to writers who put their work out there, you know this bit is true.
What happens to the writer and the work of writing (no matter what the person writes about) when these expectations are not met varies with the writer.
Some continue to write no matter what. To most of such writers they write because they have to, are driven to. Nothing makes a difference to stop or not, not even when they aren’t making enough for a living out of it. They are the voice of the silent, how can they not speak?
Some look for readers they can rely on for these. They create a small niche they believe have them and their writing at heart and get the motivation to move on from them.
Yet for some, unmet expectations kill all of their passion. There’s no incentive to forge on. People might quickly conclude that those in the latter aren’t really writers at all. To that I say what will we have them do in this world where the number of likes and comments speaks tonnes about your work than any other thing you put into it.
I’m perhaps in all of these categories in different times and seasons. But I’ve resolved to do only one thing; to give My Source a reason to sustain His investment in me.
And I’m still an expectant writer.