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?
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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