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“Sometimes we may think we are on the right path, but only to find that we have wandered without a purpose.”
This was my reply to one of my posts that gave birth to this post. Many of us may be familiar with this quote “Not all who wander are lost” (J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings). I am a fan of it. It may seem to contradict my earlier statement, however it does not. Sometimes, wandering takes a purpose on its own – a purpose of exploring, of wonder, of self-love, self-help, of the lessons that one has to learn to be able to set foot on the right path. I can surely say that I have wandered for most of my life. At times I felt lost, sometimes I sworn I was in the right path, on the right direction, and at other times, I realized that the detour was necessary for my personal enrichment and enlightenment. However, in all my wandering there was always a purpose, it was never aimlessly. Wether that purpose was right for me at the time or not, is not important, because it made me wander the paths that made me who I am today.
Yes, there are many times that I look back and say, “If I wouldn’t have taken that turn, I will probably would have accomplished this and that, and save some time in the process. However, I recognize that those lessons were necessary for my spirit and for my mind. Today, the quote “Not all who wander are lost” resonates with me as true as ever.
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Have you asked “Why do I write? If not, you should. It will put your writing into perspective. For some writers, the answer will be for fun, for money, for success, for fame, for love of the craft, to express myself, to help or inspire others … the answers to that question are personal and there are no wrong answers to it. However, your answer must match your motive, and your motive, should match your effort and goals.
If you are in it to make money or for success, you should be realistic on the venues that you will use to make your goals a reality. However, if you are doing it to inspire others, then that should be your main focus. Somehow, money becomes secondary, almost an after thought. The time for monetary reward comes eventually if you stay true to your purpose and reason for writing.
For some writers, the story they have to tell – wether inspirational or not – is the greater purpose – they have to tell the story, whether it sells well or not. They know that they need to write the story and the story must reach the reader it was intended for or the reader who needs to get its message. Wether it is for millions of readers or just one reader, does not matter. For these writers, the story itself, (the message) is worth more than monetary compensation or fame. They would write it anyway. Why? Because the story itself becomes “the why” – it is the story they have to tell.