3 Reasons to Keep Writing (Even When You Feel Like No One is Reading)

girl writing in sweater with coffee and notebook

It’s easy to get discouraged sometimes about writing.  Whether you’re blogging or attempting to get published, it can be a challenge to stay motivated – especially when you don’t feel like you have anything to show for your effort.

J.K. Rowling received not one, not two, but twelve rejection letters before she published the first Harry Potter.  And we all know how that turned out…

Here are 3 reasons why you should keep writing (even when you feel like no one is reading)

To gain new insights

The act of writing allows you to sort out your thoughts and see things in a new light.  When I write about something, it forces me to think about the issue or concept in more depth.  The exercise can result in new insight and understanding.

To improve

The only way to get better is to practice.  Even when it’s boring and putting words on the page feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle, you’re still learning a ton.  Consistency and showing up are key to improving your skill as a writer.  It’s one of the main reasons I started writing in the first place!

To establish a foundation

This somewhat builds off the previous point.  As your writing improves, it’s likely that more people will end up reading it.  You want to have an established backlog of essays and posts to keep your readers interested.  The foundation you work to build early on can also serve as inspiration for later work: a storyline or post idea might be sparked by something you previously wrote about!

3 reasons to keep writing

Keep on doing your thing and writing!  Readers will come with time, patience, and passionate work.

Why do you continue to write?  Any tips on staying motivated?