There are a multitude of blog posts, and really an entire niche of blogs, all about the benefits of writing. You can find your voice. You can make a difference. You can find a tribe. You can be a leader. The world needs to hear what you have to say. Everyone has at least one book in them, so write yours. These statements are all very true, to one degree or another. But nobody talks about what writing won’t do for you.
Writing won’t give you self-confidence
If anything, writing steals the confidence we have away from us. While so-and-so gets a million views in a single month, we try to convince ourselves the 1000 or 500 or 50 views we got still matter. No, writing will definitely not solve a confidence issue in any way.
Writing will not solve your family problems
It does not matter how eloquently you write, that note you email your son to try and resolve the tensions you have had with him for the past few years, it won’t keep him from moving out. I guarantee it. Whatever problems you bring into your blog, your book or your podcast…will stay with you. You will likely have to work those problems out in real life. Without an audience.
Writing may not ever earn you a dime
We know of the success stories. The men and women who quit their jobs to write full-time, and we all long for that. The truth is, most of these ‘full-time’ writers have multiple revenues sources: books, classes, speaking engagements, affiliate links, web design. The odds are against any of us ever being Stephen King, with a net worth over $400 million. Many of us will never earn anything writing.
So why do it? Why burn the midnight oil, or the morning candle, or skip your lunch, or whenever you create? WHY BOTHER, if it won’t make us feel better, solve our problems, or make us money? There is only one reason to write:
YOU MUST LOVE THE PROCESS OF CREATING
YOU MUST FEEL A CALL TO CRAFT WORDS INTO SENTENCES
YOU MUST KNOW YOUR LIFE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT WRITING
Otherwise, you might as well step away from the screen or journal or chalkboard and get a burrito from Taco Bell.