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Dare to Be a Memorable Writer

If you stopped posting on your blog, or never published another book, or just altogether stopped sharing your writing, would anyone miss you?

dare to be memorable as a writer

This isn’t some kind of harsh reality check. Okay, maybe it is. More importantly, though, it’s about a point that too many of us ignore because the answer might be too painful.

Let’s NOT just write to write.

Let’s NOT just blog to blog.

Let’s NOT just publish to publish.

We should never phone it in. Our writing matters too much, not only to others, but to ourselves as well. Let’s NOT just go through the motions and merely “deliver.”

But it happens. We’re human writers, after all. (Whenever I get to that point again hopefully someone will tap me on the shoulder and wake me up.)

We should always, always strive to create something memorable. (Click to Tweet)

In order to do that we need to write what needs to be written.

Write what you believe in, what you care about, and tell it like you see it. (Click to Tweet)

We’ve got enough watered down work available already. We don’t need more of the same-same.

If you’re going to write publicly, then stand up and stand out, say it like you mean it, and dare to be remarkable. And if you do, you’ll have the opportunity to do the one thing most people who publish fail to do, become unforgettable.

Yes, you run the risk of ticking off a few readers. But guess what? You also run the risk of inspiring, encouraging and motivating them.

We’ve got to stop playing it so damn safe. Write something thought-provoking and let the sparks fly. Be audacious and publish work that actually matters.

By all means, be respectful and lawful, but by goodness, be memorable.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

Are you with me? Share in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Like a good friend, Bryan guides you through the process of facing your inner demons, conquering the craft, and creating work that matters. ―Jeff Goins

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  • I’m with you! I’ve had a topic I’ve avoided discussing for years, but if the rule is “write what you know”, then for me writing about struggling with my weight and weight loss would be like writing about my very best friend, a companion that has been with me since my teenage years (we’re talking roughly 40 years of experience here…) I recently came upon a blog post that has just gone viral in the past month about one woman’s journey of losing over 100 lbs, and how she struggles now with who she is and where she is and how to make life work as a completely different looking person who still feels the same on the inside. As I read through the hundreds of comments, I got a eye-opening look at how many women are deeply, deeply hurting on this issue – and my jaw dropped. I wanted to reach out and help each and every one, which is, of course, impossible. But as I would respond to one or two of them, I found myself with an overabundance of words flowing out my fingers; I certainly didn’t have writer’s block or the need to search for something to say – what I’ve been living with (and have recently overcome) for most of my life came pouring out of me in the hopes of helping someone else.

    Sometimes I don’t feel worthy to write about it because my loss “only” consisted of 30 pounds, and these gals are working hard to lose between 100 and 200 lbs on their journey. But yet, as I read, I find that no matter if you have 30 lbs or 200 to lose, the thought processes are identical, the way you feel about yourself inside is the same, and the fears match up seamlessly. I want to blog about this in an attempt to help others, but I want to be taken seriously even if I didn’t have as much to lose physically because, what really mattered, is what I went through in the process mentally, and that is the same as everyone else who shares this struggle.

    • Miriam N

      Amen. Allow me to quote you “the way you feel about yourself inside is the same, and the fears match up seamlessly.” I feel that way about a past experience that we have all been educated about, bullying. Its all the same, yet because I am a survivor of that, it only makes me more determined to share my message with the world. Thanks for sharing. this really spoke to me.

      • Thank you, Miriam, and congrats to you for being a survivor. That is not easy. Please share your message- it is so needed in today’s world.

    • Absolutely, Beth. If it helps, I could feel what you were feeling, the pain, the empathy, and the connection. Honesty works that way and that’s what makes a good writer good. Tell your story for you and you’ll tell your story for them. Write. Thanks for sharing with us.

      • Thanks, Bryan- this is very encouraging. I appreciate your input! Now I just need to go forth and write…. (that’s the scary part).

  • Susan Mary Malone

    Love this, Bryan! Especially: If you’re going to write publicly, then stand up and stand out, say it like you mean it, and dare to be remarkable.
    It’s the challenge for all serious writers. And yes, lots of folks will get their noses out of joint. One of the great reasons for being for authors! Thank You.

    • Thanks, Susan! Noses can be fixed. 🙂

      • Susan Mary Malone

        LOL, Bryan!

  • This is one of those bits of advice which, if taken seriously, proves to be scary. At some point in the exploration of what it might mean to be “memorable,” we’ll have to risk leaving our comfort zone. LET’S DO IT!!

    • Miriam N

      Yes Lets! To quote NIKE “Just do it!”

    • It is scary, but the comfort zone is scarier long term.

      I’m with you: Let’s do it!

  • Wouah ! It’s a matter of integrity and passion mixed together. Great post, Brian.!

  • Miriam N

    Yes, to everything you said. Usually, as of late, I don’t tend to have time to read these blob posts, sadly. However, this one intrigued me and I found myself simply needing to comment. If it were in my power I’d point out things i liked but the full out truth is that I liked everything.
    The passion in which this was delivered is just so unbeatable. “Dare to be remarkable’ and, as I say now out of my own passion, dare to make mistakes. To show the world that you are more then another writer. That you are a person with FEELINGS. Your NOT perfect.
    A couple weeks ago, I was writing a article meant to inspire people. I wanted to show them that I wasn’t perfect but that didn’t stop me from creating. My dear friend who was helping me edit pulled me aside once the first draft was written and said “this is nice but… I don’t FEEL this. Great outline and idea but this won’t connect to the reader. DIG DEEPER.”
    I thought long and hard about that and finally decided to write a new beginning to that article. This time i dug into the message and meat of the article and the story flowed out. I ended up rewriting that whole article only using some parts of the first draft. Very few words were changed when edited.
    Dare to be AMAZING dare to TAKE A CHANCE, dare to fall again and again knowing each time how to learn. Failure only comes from letting a setback get to you.
    Thanks for this piece brain. If you couldn’t tell, it resonated very well with me.

    • That’s awesome, Miriam! I love it when writers become impassioned. 🙂

  • Wow…..I’ve been a writer all of my life…my blog even won an award this year…I *always* dare to stand out. And yet this still hits me. I can’t be complacent. I recently received (and saved) a “glad you’re back” email when I inadvertently skipped an email update to my list. So I guess that’s something?

    I stopped writing for the most part several years ago to pursue other careers. But no one said they *missed* me. Sure, I got a lot of encouragement from friends and family when I mentioned writing but…I don’t know.

    Sharing this on FB inspired a friend to get writing. I’ll be reading it soon so thanks!

  • Michelle Sheldon

    I agree with writing everything you’ve said in this post. There’s no point in wasting your own time and your reader’s by writing just for the sake of it. Write about what you believe in and put your own views out there. This can be done assertively but still politely and tastefully.

  • It’s funny that you should ask the question if you were gone, would your audience miss you? I keep stepping back for a reason unknown to me. So that was a good question to ask. And I think they wouldn’t. After all, isn’t that what I’m doing? Coming and going?

    • That’s okay, Anne. Then it’s about time to change that. 🙂