Writing for the “self”…

Its been so long since I last wrote to “myself”… To let go of all facades, of what other people might think about, about the repurcussions of my actions, and basically to feign something or someone which I am not! It is not because I was fed up with writing, or simply rather bored to sit down and gather my thoughts… instead its a telling sign of all the stress and complications that life forces upon one..

I have often wondered about the purpose behind my writing.. Of course, it feels great to come up with some nice, philosophical “stuff” and have people admire my creativity. All the appreciation that comes my way adds to the sense of achievement. Its good for the ego, you see! But I think, the main satisfaction comes from within.. and is quite intangible.. more qualitative than quantitave… it can come simply from the thrill of writing something…all the inward process that goes into it, all that scope and its awesome variety… it comes from the joy in seeing the “finished product”, along with the severe bouts of self criticism.

What I mean to say is, its good to have people tell me how good my work is, or how deep my writings delve into, but the reason I write, and I admit that it is the singularly most important factor, is the personal delight that I derive from my works.. My poems are basically that…they are my creations and meant for me..its good of course that people find it worthy enough to spend their valuable moments to read all those lines, but even if not a single soul gave it as much as a glance, I would still write, with as much effort as I put in now, with an equal amount of pleasure!

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9 Responses to “Writing for the “self”…”

  1. Hi good to read your work 🙂 and your thoughts about writing.. I believe we are similar on these lanes 🙂 keep writing dude ..good to see this passion

  2. @ Dream Catcher:- Thanks mate… Although, even if we might be on the same lane, ur much faster up the highway! 🙂
    Thx for stopping by my blog.

  3. I was just contemplating my motivation for writing this evening so discovering this post is quite timely for me. I feel I write for the personal satisfaction as well–but I also love to know others can relate to what I have written. I do not want this to become a motivating factor for me, but I wonder if it’s inevitable. I was thinking maybe a way to really see if I write just “for me” is to only write in my paper journal for a few days, and see if it gives me the same satisfaction….

  4. Yes..that would be a way..certainly! And you are right.. it sure is good to know that people can relate to your work.. or even think its worth its salt! It is just that self-satisfaction is the most important factor! Suppose we compose something we don’t like.. even if people think it to be good, we would probably not be as much satisfied!!

  5. You are absolutely right in that–it has to be personally satisfying or it shouldn’t even be an endeavor. That is what compells me in the first place. I think I’ll try my little experiment just to make sure there are no underlying little demons;)

  6. Do try, but not at the cost of depriving us, your readers, of the literary treats!!

  7. You know, for a Dark Lord you’re awfully kind. Then again, dark is also good, no?

    Thank you:)

  8. Yeah… generally people equate darkness with negativity.. but it isin’t necessarily so!

  9. Ditto. When I don’t write, I don’t breathe!

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