I don’t know who I’m writing for.
It is important to find your writing voice. “How do I say this thing?” is an important question to ask… but it’s not the only question. At some point, we have to ask who we want to read what we have written. Who do we want our important words to resonate with? Who do we want to laugh at our jokes? Who do we want to comment on our posts?
This question of who I am writing for is sticking in my craw today. I mean, I want to write for my self. I want to be proud of the words I pen down and publish. But I also want to be read. That is the honest truth.
Who I want to read my words? Who is my tribe? Who do I hope will read these words? I don’t have an answer. Not having an answer sometimes makes it damn near impossible to navigate through doing the work of writing. Sitting down to the endless possibilities of what to write and how to tackle a topic is paralyzing without some sort of filter. The answer to “who am I writing for?” provides such a filter.
Maybe I’m asking the wrong question. Maybe it’s not about who I am writing for. Maybe I’m really trying to writing to someone.
Do these words I publish struck a chord in your heart, in your head? Do you give them a big yes? Then I wrote these words to you.
And if you find your self disagreeing with my phrases, if you want to correct my way word thinking… then I wrote these words to you.
When my words bring some sort of reaction in your chest, head, core, or gut… then you know I wrote these words for you.
I may write for myself, but I’m trying to write to you.
So, is this a post to you?