By: Rebecca Carey
So recently I treated myself to another tattoo. In beautiful cursive, curly letters it reads "Write like no one is reading" down the side of my body. I decided to get this saying on myself because I like to think of it as a reminder that we all need to just write for ourself and for our own enjoyment before thinking about what others will think of it.
I have always had a problem thinking in this mindset. I always believed that maybe if I wrote this scene out it wouldn't be well received, or if I wrote a totally cliche poem it would be torn apart. But honestly, who really cares? If I want to write a really cliche poem then I should be able to write one. If I want to write a scene with a lot of harsh, true details then I should be able to write that scene. If it isn't well received then who cares? You wrote it for yourself and if you like it or if it spoke to you then it shouldn't matter.
This can also go in the direction of people believing they should write a novel that plays into what is selling the best at the moment. So during the vampire craze, people wrote a lot of books about vampires. During the Hunger Games phase, people wrote about future dystopian cultures. They did this to sell books, to fit the norm, to be a part of the most recent craze. But why not start the next, new craze? Why not be the author that takes the bookshelves by storm? The one they make the next big movie about? The one who brought a new idea, a new world, a new character to life and became the one that new authors looked up to?
If we all decided to write like no one is reading then maybe we can start to make a difference. If we all take on this mindset maybe we can all take the world by storm and give readers something to look forward to. Maybe we all should write like no one is reading.