The Need to Write


Several months ago, I submitted an inspirational short story to a writing competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest.  The grand prize was $5,000 but I won an even bigger prize.

Recognition.

I had forgotten about the contest until I received a large envelope in the mail (have you ever noticed that good news always comes in the form of large envelopes?)  I had no idea what it contained because the contest was tucked far back into the recesses of my mind (believe me – there are many).

Anyway, when I opened the envelope, this is what I discovered:

Now, I am normally a fairly reserved person. But I have to admit I felt a surge of excitement flush through my veins and my feet did a celebatory two-step.  There may have been an arm pump or two…I am sure that you get the picture.

Anyone who shares their thoughts, ideas, feelings through writing should be nodding about now.  Recognition is something that is hard to come by, but so sweet when it drops into your world.  It provides the fuel to continue your path, sharing your journey with the world.

But is recognition the ultimate goal of any writer or blogger? It can’t be, because so many continue to share themselves even though the audience is silent. Do we write for recognition or do we celebrate when it comes our way?  Which comes first – the urge to share or the need for validation?

I don’t know about you, but I write because that is the best way for me to process my world.  My thoughts become focused and my intention clear when I can express myself on paper (or in cyberspace).  The mental chatter that plagues me at times is held at bay as my fingers fly across the keys to paint the words before they disappear from my awareness. My world makes sense, if only for the moments I spend expressing myself.

As Ray Bradbury put it so succinctly, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

If you share this same compulsion, would you be so kind and send me a note about your experiences? Which came first – the compulsion to write or the need for recognition?

Although the comments made about this blog are public and available for everyone to enjoy, I will take it one step further and compile the comments into another blog post.  Be sure to include your blog, website and facebook URL in the body of your comment.

I will gladly give you my recognition and acknowledgment of your bravery, honest and courage.  Blessings!