I am working on something. I am working on writing my five minutes posts offline instead of online. I am doing this as a practice to get back into the habit of writing without any anticipation of my words potentially being consumed by an audience.
Since I started writing online in 2010, most of my writing have been done online.
I have for the past, almost, three years, neglected pens and pencils and papers that were once stashed behind pillowcases and in drawers because I thought I found an even better alternative. I went digital. I found myself writing on a keyboard and hitting publish and knowing that someone could/would find my words and do something tangible with my words. And it was that thought that was thrilling.
It was thrilling to think that I wasn’t alone in my thoughts. It was thrilling to think that someone could and, likely, would, given the nature of most online communities, agree with me about my thoughts in my head.
This, or having an audience to consume your words is a good thing, but it also takes something away from the therapeutic, educational part of writing. When you write by yourself and for yourself, you can be more in tune, I think, with your words as your words. You begin to speak more freely, I think. And that’s a good thing, a necessary thing.
So that’s where I’ve been.
How often do you write offline just for the sake of writing (i.e., no deadlines, writing goals. etc.)? How often do you just write for yourself?