Writing just for the sake of Writing

Writing just for the sake of writing… is it wrong?

Well I’m in a writing dilemma today. I was irritated throughout the day that I have got various unfinished manuscripts lying like some junk docs in my laptop. It truly hurts- what began as a tremendous idea in your eyes becoming some useless junk. Whenever an idea for a book- fic/non-fic strikes my mind, I just can’t think about anything else and start thinking about it throughout- how the story will go on reaching to its final conclusion.

Well, that is how it was when I started writing for the sake of writing a novel(the topic was related with teenage… eh! weird! boring!?)- I was on with a very good start. I had divided my chapters into various different parts of the story. I was new into such a thing- hence, I was very much trying to make it controversial(lol). The story was pacing ahead nicely but all of a sudden, I stopped writing completely and now, today that story is lying futile and I’m angry.

Then, when another idea struck me- I just started writing without visualising the whole story at once. I was of perception that as I move ahead, the story would come to me. Hence, I kept on writing believing that the story will go on with new random thoughts seeping into my mind throughout the time when I was writing. But unfortunately I was proven wrong. Another story- junk in my pen drive(not laptop.. should I be happy?) I think that time too, I was writing just for the sake of writing, that is why, it didn’t come out to be brilliant- well, how could it be brilliant when I never cared to write it complete. The idea was superb but it was becoming quite cheesy. It doesn’t matter now anyhow.

Whoop, again the same thing happened- this time I was trying my hand on writing about a story of a spiritual path of a young man when he gets weird dreams every night related with some religion or the other. It was indeed based on deliberately understanding every major religion. The idea flopped and this time because of my sheer stupidity… Don’t ask me! But the final reason was- I was writing just for the sake of writing.

Another time, I start writing- I wrote half a page- done with it. Today, I start to write- three ideas- two lines each- done with them. Again because of my habit of writing just for the sake of writing.

Why is this happening to me? I take a lot of stress while I plan on writing something formal… more sophisticated and hence, I begin to write even when I’m not ready, why, just because of the sake of writing, because I love writing(well love for writing doesn’t mean I have to write all the time or I must take stress while writing).

Well dear writers out there, enlighten me on what should I do? And please do share your experiences if you have ever come across a situation such as mine!

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6 thoughts on “Writing just for the sake of Writing

  1. I don’t think that it is ever a problem to write because you love to write.

    I have lots of unfinished stories out there. Sometimes I go back years later and say, ” wow, that was quite good!” I might want to finish it, but usually not.

    Every new story is a chance to stretch yourself in a new directions, and they are useful because when you have gotten into a slump in one story, you start doing something completely different so that you will come back to your original story fresh.

    I say, write your new story till it peters out, then print out your old story from the beginning, sit in your favorite chair, and read it as if you are reading it for the first time. By the time you get to the end, you should have some idea of where it should go.

    Just my opinion.
    -R

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  2. I like to workshop my poems and short stories with others writers. They help critique your ideas and help spur you on to better ideas. I have joined writer’s groups at libraries and also online. my favorite site is Zoetrope.com – Zoetrope Virtual Studio. You might want to give it a try. all the best!

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