5 Reasons Why A Writer Needs Readers

Yeah, yeah, I know the title implies writers need readers and I believe it is true, even though writing is mostly a solo career. But why do writers need readers? Why writers cannot live solely in their own small bubble?

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1) Because writers need outside motivations as well

Yes, a writer writes because he/she enjoys to write. I’m sure you do that as well. But how do you feel when you put your heart and soul into a post and you see that nobody reads it? Sure, you do it because you love it, but you know as better as I do that a “great post” coming from a reader can give you a boost to make another post, especially when the dark days come.

2) Because writers need feedback

And I’m talking about constructive feedback, not stupid criticism. As writers, we need feedback to know what’s good, what’s not good, what gathers readers and what drives them away. A simple “nice post, but I believe it is too long” can help a writer re-think his/hers whole strategy, don’t you think?

3) Because writers need a community to gather new ideas and perspectives

Every writer has ideas, but are they endless? I must say that after one and a half years of daily writing my own ideas, I kinda got tired of me, of my ideas and of my writing style. Having readers and interacting with them can give you a new angle to look at things and that new angle might come right when you need it the most. Also, people can get bored of a particular style, so the flow of readers can tell you something about your way of writing.

4) Because writers can change lives

As I mentioned in my previous post, a simple phrase can change someone’s life. If you don’t believe me, think about your favorite writer. Why is that person your favorite writer? I think it is because something of that art-work has an impact over your life.

5) Writers need to eat

You read it well. Writers are humans too and they need to eat. If writing is you’re the thing that completes your life, wouldn’t you want to be able to write whenever you want without the concern that you need a job? Well, readers can help with that. If you keep doing the awesome job I know you do, the readers will come and you’ll find a way to help them so much that they will be willing to give you money for that help because the value you give will be so much better that the money.

Besides these reasons, why do you think a writer needs readers?

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141 comments

  1. I think I’m having a mixed reaction! My first response is yes, writers need readers, but it’s really about the purpose of the writing. I have notebooks filled with daily journal material; I don’t really want anyone to read them. There are things I want someone to read. Don’t we write for our audience. Sometimes, my audience is me!

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    • I totally agree, Susan! It’s all about the purpose of the writing. Private stuff that we want to remain private don’t need readers. However, for the pieces we want to be read, we need readers.
      Thank you very much for reading and for sharing your thoughts! ❤

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  2. Me myself, I write because things are in my mind that is like to say. It would feel great if people found my thoughts as inspiring as they were for me to write, but that’s in an idealistic world! Anyway, it’s nice to meet you here, and be apart of your thoughts! dwp

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      • Hi Lorene,

        Thank you for your sentiment! I too, have had that thought and feeling also. It is the same on my Facebook page; people tend to only welcome the things that feel cozy and cuddly to them. While I go that route sometimes, I do not as a default, as I have traveled & explored the world quite extensively, and as such have the kind of vision that is not always comfortable for some people to hear. It is for that reason that your comment feels so special to me, and I truly appreciate it. If you happen to know of a forum that might welcome my thoughts, or my book, with more receptivity, I would certainly welcome it.

        Thank you again, so much, for reaching out to me here. It is nice to make your acquaintance! And also to know that my life’s work is inspiring to you!

        Sincerely yours, Douglas

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  3. I totally agree that 99.9 % of writers need readers. I fall in the .1%. I totally appreciate my few readers but would continue writing with none. Writing is more like my therapy than a need for gratification or income.

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  4. Full disclosure, I blog to promote my narrowboat hire business so it falls on the spectrum of click bait; but I hope what I write entertains and informs. And I can’t deny there’s a pleasure in crafting and curating a piece (I spend WAY too much time on the last 20%).
    Thank you for Liking my latest contribution – and leading me here!

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  5. Lorene, thanks for liking my post, I think Will Rogers was brilliant, and too bad he had such a short life. I agree with your sentiment. It saddens me when I write something and all I get are “likes” from the effort. If you like something, for heaven’s sake, say why! As a writer, I appreciate reader’s thoughts and criticism. That tells me you read what I wrote.

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  6. Great post. I started my blog thinking I didn’t care if it was read by anyone, and I still write primarily just because I enjoy it, but you’re spot on about how good it feels to get some positive feedback. Thanks!

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  7. There are two sides to writing. The personal pleasure of crafting a piece of work whether it’s describing something you have felt or experienced or even something you have created out of the blue, a work of fiction perhaps. The other side is seeing that someone connected to your work, understood it or even just enjoyed reading your work. I love getting a like on my blogs or videos.
    One tiny thing, take a look at paragraph 5 with your proof reading hat on.
    Best wishes, Steve

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