A writer’s expectations

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.

Copyright 2015


8 Comments Add yours

  1. writeintent1 says:

    Wonderful n well written post. You have shared what most of us feel. Well done 🙂


    1. M'afua Awo Twumwaah says:

      Thank You. I’m so glad you relate.


  2. NhyirabaAlice says:

    you sure are on point my dear. but we all need to get to that point where “we wite no matter what”. it may not be easy though but gradually it can be attained.


    1. Afua Twumwaah says:

      NhyirabaAlice, I sure support you. Writers write no matter what – whether it’ll be read or not. Thanks for encouraging a writer – me – by reading and commenting.


  3. edbansah says:

    It’s good not to lose hope…. Hmm… I think I need to take my own advice. 🙂


    1. Afua Twumwaah says:

      Hahaha. Thanks for commenting Ed. Sometimes you talk and realise it’s for you more than others.


  4. Beckhar says:

    Very true facts!


    1. Afua Twumwaah says:

      It’s nice to hear another writer agree. Thanks for your first comment on here.

      Liked by 1 person

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