Create for Yourself// Why I Create Series Part Three

by - October 17, 2018


If you want to follow this series from the beginning, check out Part One and Part Two

Last week I said I would be talking about goals and setting goals for your writing. But... I've talked about goals a lot before and a new message came to the front of my mind, something I knew I had to share as soon as possible.

We always see posts about goals and deadlines, but do we ever see posts about taking it slow or enjoying the process? (Usually, the whole "enjoy the process" speech is given when talking about goals.)

If you need to hear about goals after reading this post, check out these other posts!

Today, I'm going to be talking about the root of why we began to create our W.I.P, whatever it may be. This is honestly something that has me thinking really hard about creating and something that gets me motivated to keep pushing forward with my writing.

We started creating for ourselves.

I started writing a book without the intention of anyone ever seeing it. I started writing because I enjoyed it. I'm not saying that my goal of publishing has taken away my enjoyment. I'm saying that I started with a different purpose of writing this book and I want to get back to that.

If you don't enjoy the process of what you're doing, how can you expect others to enjoy the finished product?



Sometimes we get so caught up in what the end result should be like, what we want it to be, how other people will perceive it, and if they will like it that we lose sight of the reason we started.

Maybe you're like me and you're writing a book. Let this book be everything you need because chances are, someone else needs it, too.

Don't think about how you want to publish someday. Think about the way you see your book. Think about what you want for it. If you view it as trash, how do you think most readers will view it?

You can't keep writing something when you don't enjoy writing it because you're afraid of disappointing people with the outcome. Write the book because you need it, your soul is crying out for it, and your mind can't stop thinking about it.

This book is for you right now. It isn't for anyone else but you. Yes, you may have that strong desire to publish, but you aren't there yet. For now, this book is all you. It's for your eyes, from your soul, from your mind, and it's something only you control.

One day, you'll hire an editor and maybe you'll get an agent and go traditional or you'll go Indie. Whatever you do, for now, do it for you.

You may not realize this, but this book you're writing? It's what you need.

Okay, you may be wondering..."Ivie, isn't it selfish to only write for me? My book's message has the intent to help others. It's not about me."

Very true. In fact, my books usually have a message that I want other people to see. But... first I had to write for myself. I couldn't let the idea of people reading my work cloud my mind. Because once you do that, yes, it's exciting at first. Then you doubt yourself.

Guess what? You're an epic writer. Write that book and don't worry about other people right now.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Let's talk in the comments below!

Today's question:

Have you ever let doubt stop you from writing or creating?




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28 comments

  1. Love this post, Ivie! <3 <3 I agree-- at this early stage, at least for me, thinking about other people reading my writing is nerve wracking. I tell myself, "it's just the first draft. get everything out that you want to say, and then you can go back and edit it. " ;)

    For me, it's the thought that am I really the right person to write this story? So, yes, I struggle with doubt a lot when I'm writing.

    Love this series! <3 <3

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    1. Never ever wonder if you are the right person to write this story because if you weren't, this story would never have come to you. I truly believe God gives us these stories and He places them in our minds and souls because we are the ones meant to write them. <3

      Thank you! <3 <3

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  2. Oh, I'm not sure if I agree or not? Part of me does — some of my stories I wrote to heal. And I learned something while writing them — they are special because they helped me discover something new about life. but ever since I can remember, I've been writing stories to SHARE. I remember being nine years old and writing and illustrating short stories and giving them to all my friends. In my early teens I became very self conscious about my writing and didn't share it with anyone (which is good, because all that stuff was trash and me working through stuff in my fiction. It was kinda wasting my time -- I'm so glad I never shared any of that). But then when I started writing *good* stories again, I FORCED myself to share. Now, I write for others and myself, I think. I write because I have to, because I love, because I want to make others smile or cry. And I don't know how I can separate any of that?

    And, yes, in a roundabout way doubts have kept me from writing. Once a good friend told me I was wasting my talents with what I wrote. I couldn't write for three months (until I realized the only reason he'd said that was to be hurtful. Which was still hard). And then during a few other times of *darkness* I found it hard to do anything, even write.

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    1. I totally get it and I think that certain stories have to reach us in certain places. By that, I mean sometimes we need to take the plunge and share our work. Sometimes we have to force outselves to do it because we need that for ourselves and for our writing. We can't recruit betas and not let them read the thing.

      However, what I meant in this post is more so towards first drafts and needed to let that fear of other people seeing it go. Because this is for us right now. This is us developing and changing and growing. So I totally understand what you're saying. My end goal is to share, but when I'm writing first drafts, I can't let that goal be in my mind because I'll never finish. I have to realize that if I truly love the novel I'm working on, I'd write it even if no one ever saw it.

      I'm sorry someone hurt you like that. That's terrible. Your soul craves writing, so write because it was made for you and you were made for writing. <3 <3

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    2. ah, I think I get you and really agree then. Because in my first drafts I really am not thinking about ANYONE but the story I have to tell.

      And thanks for your kind words ;D

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    3. Yeah, I should have been clearer that I meant firsts and maybe seconds with drafts and things like that, because I think eventually, we all need to grow a little and let our work be seen. :D

      <3 <3

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  3. This post was AMAZING! Yes, I agree! I believe our books that we write should be written from our heart.

    Have I ever let doubt stop me? Probably. Not as much stopping me from writing, but from sharing my writing. Honestly, I worry that my writing isn't good enough yet. I guess I'm too much of a perfectionist... But I'm learning to not let that get in the way. How about you? Have you ever let doubt stop you from writing?

    Thanks for this encouraging post! And I love your blog's header!!! <3
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Thank you!!!

      From what I've seen in those contests on For Your Inspiration, your writing is EPIC! I totally get it, I'm a perfectionist, but I'm learning to slowly let go of the idea of perfection and start doing my best because that is all I can do.

      I have let doubt stop me. I have had times where I've said I'm done and that I quit and then I'd pick my book back up. The saying blood, sweat, and tears kind of applies here, especially the tears part. But the process, while long, has been rewarding.

      I try not to doubt any longer because I know writing is something I'll always do and I have so much to say through my books.

      Thank you for taking the time to read it! <3 THANKS!

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  4. (Love the new fall theme! By the way, where did you get your blog theme from?)

    HECK YES!!! This is definitely something that speaks to me. This year, when I began to focus on writing as a career, it started off well. Then, about two months in, I began to focus more on writing for others instead of writing for myself first. That was when the doubts began coming in. Long story short, this summer was really rough because of it. Afterwards, because of multiple reasons (prayer, writing break, etc.), I rediscovered my passion for writing, and became more confident. So YES, we should write for ourselves before others!

    (And I just answered the question. XD)

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    1. (Thank you so much!! I'm kind of in love with it, too. XD I got it from Themexpose. They have lots of templates for free.)

      I'm sorry all of that happened to you, but I'm so happy that you have rediscovered the fire ignited inside of you for writing. That dry period was there to teach you and it sounds like you took a lot from it. I'm so glad this spoke to you!! <3 <3

      (haha, okay. XD XD)

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  5. 'Let this book be everything you need because chances are, someone else needs it, too.'
    WOoooWWWww this is sooo what I needed. and its so true..I think sometimes we get caught up in wanting our stories to mean something to someone else but honestly, they need to mean something to us first. thank you for this!! <3

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    1. Thank you for reading! I'm glad this spoke to you. And you worded my thoughts so perfectly in this comment. <3 <3 <3 Thank you!

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  6. This post is the bomb! I feel like it took me forever to learn this. To realize that my book is for me foremost, and if I don't enjoy writing it, who will enjoy reading it? Honestly, the same thing goes for blogging. Sometimes I worry too much about what everyone else wants to read, and lose sight of the things I want to blog about. So thank you for this! The best way to express what's truly on our hearts and get out our creativity is to focus on just letting it out - not caring what others think. That ruins the process. Loved this post!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      I worried about that a lot, too. I had a lot to say and my early days of this blog had a lot of political posts. (I don't regret that time, but I can say I'm happy I no longer do that anymore.) I had worried about haters and I used to hesitate. But now I talk about things I really want to talk about and messages on my heart. That's what's important. I don't want to conform to something that I don't believe in.

      Thanks for reading!! <3 <3

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  7. Wonderful post as usual Ivie!
    I really needed this.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. <3 <3

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  8. An excellent post, Ivie! Honestly, this is something that I struggle with a lot. There's at least one point in just about every manuscript that I write where I start asking myself if I really have a right to write it. What makes it so special that I think my manuscript is actually good enough to even be considered for publication and then actually want people to read it? A very timely post, since I'm feeling this way with my story right now.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sorry you're feeling that way. Know that this moment is a learning moment and it's important in your growth as a writer (As annoying as it is to feel that way.) You were made to write the story you're writing. God put it in your mind and soul to write it.

      I'm happy this post is timely for you and I hope it helps you. <3

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  9. This post is AMAZING!!!!!!!

    I feel like I'm being defeated by my story right now, but it's more the stress from school and teenage drama than anything. :P

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that. I'll be praying for you. <3 <3 I know you can get through this!

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  10. This is an awesome post, Ivie! It's definitely something I'm trying to work on with my stories, especially the one I'm about to write because there's a lot of difficult things in it that I still need to learn. How am I supposed to influence others if I don't quite understand the things myself? So I first need to write for myself and then, when it's published, it's in the reader's hands and, hopefully, I'll have learned enough for them to pick up on the lessons as well.

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    1. SO true. You have to do it for you first. You have to let this book be what you need. It can't be what someone else needs if you never connect with it. I hope it goes well and I can't wait to hear more about it when you're ready to share. :D

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  11. Awesome post!

    I always feel like once I start worrying about what others think of my writing, the quality of the story starts to decline. I needed this reminder, that I first have to write for myself. <3

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    1. I'm so happy that this was a good reminder for you! Our writing has to be something to us first. It isn't a selfish way to think because how can anyone feel anything if we, the writers, don't?

      Thanks for commenting! <3

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  12. I think I needed this post! I am applying only waiting for the end product of college to be present and not too in love with the process I am going through to get there. But you are right! I need to do it for myself in every moment!

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    1. Well, good luck to you and I know you can get through it! So happy this post is helpful to you! <3 <3

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