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Writing For YOU

I’ve gotten bored with my book. A few years ago, I would’ve freaked out.

Oh no! I would’ve thought. Maybe my book sucks. Maybe the characters are totally flat. Maybe the plot is too simple. Maybe it’ll never get published and even if it does everyone will hate it because it’s too bland!

Now I’ve learned to calm down. The key to becoming excited about your book again is to chill. Don’t panic.

Write What You Love

Write What You Love

I get bored with every single book I write. Every single one. Not one book gets written without me getting a massive case of writer’s block and boredom. I’ll procrastinate, I’ll type a few sentences, and then I’ll close the document and move on to play mind-numbing video games.

It’s infuriating, but the best thing I can do is to not panic.

It’s taken me a while to figure out what causes this boredom, but once I did, it was like a light bulb illuminating over my head. I knew what the cause was and I knew how to fix it.

I wasn’t writing for me.

I was writing for someone else, some unknown person that I was trying my hardest to please. Whenever that person wasn’t pleased (I named him Difficult Dan) I’d delete whatever I’d just written immediately and attempt to come up with something else. Something that would please him.

The thing is, Difficult Dan can’t—and won’t—ever be pleased. Nothing will please him, hence the name. Trying to please Dan will only frustrate you to no end and cause you to stop writing what you love.

Write what you love. Write for you. (Tweet This)

After all, why did you start writing in the first place? I’m ready to bet all of my books that it was for you. If you really love writing you probably:

Love your characters.

Love your alone time because it means you can write.

Eat, sleep, and breathe writing.

Constantly think about new ideas for your stories.

Daydream about getting published, giving interviews, etc.

 Subconsciously cast famous actors and actresses for the movie adaptation of your book that you’ve been creating in your head.

Write most every day.

Start to get a little twitchy if you haven’t written that day.

Constantly jump up from the table while you’re in the middle of a meal shouting, “I have to write something down before I forget!” as you rush to find a piece of paper.

Can’t live without writing. Seriously, it would kill you.

Do you see how ridiculous it is for you to try and please Dan? You don’t have to, you don’t want to. You write because you enjoy it, because you love it, because you can’t live without it.

Stop writing for Dan and start writing for YOU. Dan can deal.

Who have you been writing for? Share in the comments.

About The Magic Violinist

I am a home schooled teenager who daydreams, writes, reads, and does nerdy stuff in my free time. I have two awesome parents, a wonderful little brother, and an adorable, crazy dog named Scout. I blog at The Magic Violinist. I'm also a contributor to The Audacity to be a Writer. I'd say that I want to be an author when I grow up, but I don't think I can wait that long.

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  • What a great post! We all need to write for ourselves, but somehow we seem to forget and try to please the world. Thanks for the reminder!

    • themagicviolinist

      Thank you! 😀 It’s so easy to forget who you’re actually writing for. (Sometimes I need the reminders)!

  • Love this! My 1st book I think I wrote mostly for ‘those other unknown people’ …but I have since learned that “Difficult Dan” cannot be appeased. And writing becomes a lot more fun when I’m writing what I love 🙂 Thanks Magic Violinist…great post!

    • themagicviolinist

      Thank you! 😀 Isn’t it refreshing when you start writing what you actually love?

  • Excellent reminder. Very inspiring. Love to read about who you are too. You are an inspiring person just by knowing who you are.

    • themagicviolinist

      Thanks! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Alex

    I cannot adequately describe just how relevant to me this post was. I’m really bad for stop-starting writing projects (having in the last month begun and abandoned a total of three would-be novels), partially because I’ve been all too aware that I’ve been trying to write for others – despite swearing to myself I would only write for me from now on.

    • themagicviolinist

      Glad I could help! 😀 Don’t lose sight of what counts!

  • Great post, Magic, as usual 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • themagicviolinist

      Thank you! 🙂

  • La McCoy


    • themagicviolinist

      Thanks! 😀

  • I write for Dan, but not for difficult Dan. 🙂

    • themagicviolinist

      Ha ha!

  • TeaCup

    It’s only taken me most of my adult life to realise I have to write for me and not what I think someone else would like. And I no longer feel like “the tortured writer” – I actually enjoy writing now 🙂 Thanks for sharing – great post!

    • themagicviolinist

      Hey, it took me a while to figure that out, too. 🙂 I’d gotten through 10,000 words of a book once before I realized that I wasn’t even having fun writing it! Glad you liked it! 😀

  • florabrown

    I’m so glad that you didn’t wait until you “grow up” to write. You are already an author with fresh ideas and awesome insight. Thanks for sharing the importance of writing for ourselves. It’s wonderful learning about you and your work.

  • Needed this today. Thank you so much.

    I’m realizing that self-doubt serves as my biggest “block” more than anything else. Your articles are helping me through that.

    The How to Guru

    • themagicviolinist

      You’re welcome! 😀 Darn that self-doubt. It’s so easy to listen to but so hard to shut out. Glad I’m helping!

  • Sahara

    I’ve been writing for my friend. She’s an amazing writer and I try to be as good as her. I wanted her to read my stories, but now that I read this, screw my friend. I write for me and only me.

  • Amber

    Just what I needed! Thank you again!