Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 7 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 7 of 8

Note: This is the seventh installation of an eight-part series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
 Photo courtesy of Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

Reason 7

What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?


"No one's going to read it. And certainly no one is going to *do* it. What's the point?" all while I'm typing and working (2) #amwritingJihan @jin_crow

As writers, we often forget writing doesn’t have to be big to make an impact. A few simple words can turn into priceless treasure.

My dear friend Valerie died in March 2014. She was happy and healthy and vital. Her death was a shock—a festering wound, still bringing me pain at the most unexpected of times.

A note she wrote me is framed and sits on my desk.

I see her handwriting every single day; it turns that pain into more of an ache and serves as a sweet reminder of the joy she brought my life.

I wouldn’t trade her note—or the memories it provides—for anything.


All forms of expression are valuable․‥Entertainment, art, anything that provides pure pleasure is 100% of value․‥ ․‥the world needs the special gift that only you have.Marie Forleo
Repeat after me: “I write stories that matter.”Bryan Hutchinson
Writing is about writing. Remember this. Everything else is bonus.JM Tohline

Reason 7 Focus Questions
Write down your answers.
What role does writing play in your life? How would you feel if you could never write again?


Writing Exercise 7
  • Write about every time you received praise for your writing, from your Mom’s Christmas card to the essay you wrote in third grade. Include the reaction of others to your work—positive thoughts only!
  • How has writing improved your life?
  • What lessons have you learned from writing?
  • Refer to Reason 1: Read “Learn more about your purpose” and do the writing exercises.
  • Review your answers and write.

Learn more about your value as a writer

Shortly after Valerie’s death, I wrote the backstory to the note, mentioned above. You can read about it in this post, Call Me.

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 8 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 8 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 6 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 6 of 8