I do not know why you write.
I am uncertain most of the time why I write.
Oh, I do not mean the writing I do as a job, My books, my novels and such. I know why I do that, it pays the bills and keeps the wolf from the door… at least for now.
The writing I’m speaking of is this type, these Ramblings, my ‘Wild Geese’ travel blog, social media posts….all that hoo-ha. I certainly do not make any money from writing this stuff.
Sometimes, I think my posts simply evaporate into the ether of the net, floating around in cyberspace, like an errant satellite never to been seen again. That is, until twelve years in the future, some lost soul in Outer Mongolia ‘likes’ the post.
Hey… that’s two ‘likes’ in twelve years, for an absolutely brilliantly written essay regarding a major social event which touched everybody’s life at the time.
But don’t worry, because at the same time I posted a snapshot of my cat licking its tail, that got ten thousand ‘likes’ and half a million ‘shares’ in three days.
Does that mean I am now going to join in with the massed hordes of cat picture posters and give up writing constructive and entertaining articles?
Not on your life. (Besides, my cat died last month)
That lost soul in Outer Mongolia may have be the Dalai Lama on a pilgrimage, or a young American backpacker, one who is destined to become the president of the United States at some point.
What I am trying to say in my usual rambling manner, is I am a firm believer in the quality of those who ‘like’, ‘plus’ and ‘follow’ my writings.
I do not write purely to amass great numbers of ‘followers’ or ‘subscribers’ to my Blog’s or other media posts.
Yes, it is nice to see your numbers growing, it shows your work is appreciated. Which is one reason I use social media.
Yet, I would rather my work is respected by those who value the content and not just because the accompanying image caught their eye.
Another reason I write, is to introduce my books to those who may not know of them.
You see it takes a long, long time to take an idea of a story and turn it into a published book.
That is many months, if not years of hard graft. After which, it is an absolute shame to see it languishing on a shelf collecting dust, or hanging in cyberspace waiting to be downloaded by the Dalai Lama after his pilgramage and meeting that nice American chap.
Therefore, I mention my books on many occasions during my writings. I think it is the right thing to do, knowing when you, yes YOU, read them you will enjoy them, (so what are you waiting for….go buy one now.)
Then of course, there are the other reasons for writing. The main reasons for writing.
Some find it a form of catharsis, allowing them to expel worries and anxieties. Some see it as sharing, a social form of interaction. For others it becomes a need, almost an addiction. Often it is a combination of all and more. The overwhelming must though, is the need to share, to have someone, somewhere to be reading our words.
Right now, it is possible that my novel, ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ is being read by someone lazing on a hot tropical beach in a faraway land, where the azure blue sea laps the golden sands of paradise, or by your sister as she sits, legs tucked beneath her, on her favourite chair sipping a hot chocolate and nibbling on digestive biscuits.
The main thing is that someone, somewhere is reading something I have written at some time.
Even if it is on a mountainside in Outer Mongolia.
The point which I am attempting to convey, is to get the quality and quantity of people we, the writers and authors, need to read our work, we have to reach out and show our writing to the world.
With that in mind, I want to introduce to you to CQ International Magazine.
Okay, so many of you will know about the magazine, many however do not, while others have seen, but not looked, not read it and difinitley not showcased their work in it.
To keep it simple, CQ Magazine is a global, online periodical which is free, yes I said FREE, to read. It has built up a regular, loyal readership base in eighty countries.
CQ International Magazine is dedicated to promoting the indie world, that’s writers, authors, poets, artists, cover designers, ilustrators, musicians, designers, modlers, artisans, painters, sculptors, just about every artistic medium you can think of… and then some.
Recently, CQ International Magazine has launced the C-club, a simple, annual membership, which gives its members the opportunity for free promotion and marketing of their work in CQ International Magazine and to benifit from associated marketing.
Find out more by visiting the CQ Blog at, https://cqmagazineblog.wordpress.com/
Read the current edition of CQ International Magazine Here