Write for yourself, from yourself, of yourself.
Write to capture an idea, a fantasy, a nightmare, a desire, a feeling, a sensation, a mood, an experience, a lesson, or a memory. Remind yourself that you were here; you are here. You still exist. You have survived. You will endure.
Write to maintain authenticity. Commit to sharing your thoughts and feelings, even if it leaves you feeling vulnerable or anxious that people are going to think you’re a sick-perverted-twisted-miserable-asshole, a psychotic, a whore, a fool, a romantic, a cynic, a hypocrite, or a jerk. Chances are you’re already all of these things — in one way or another, at one time or another — there’s no shame in it. You’re human. Your only birthright is the privilege of imperfection. Indulge. Savor. Celebrate.
Give a piece of you back to you. Sacrifice some of yourself to your Self.
Write to an audience, for the right audience, the one that makes you feel right when you write.
Share to evolve your perception of an idea, a fantasy, a nightmare, a desire, a feeling, a sensation, a mood, an experience, a lesson, or a memory… by setting it loose to incubate and metamorphosize in the minds of others. Give it the opportunity to adapt — becoming something more complex and useful. Or grant it the permission to perish — making space for something fitter to thrive. Each external perspective is a fresh incarnation, a new generation, increasing the likelihood that something, anything, will survive.
Share to inspire, motivate, and challenge your peers. Don’t lose good, talented (wo)men to sloth, despair, anxiety, fear, or stagnation without a fight. Art is the collective reflection the human “soul”. Music is the aggregate beat of the human “heart”. Writing is the voice of the human mind. All of these blended together, telling the bittersweet story of the human condition. This is our legacy. Write for the people who you’re proud to share in it with; for the people who make you feel ashamed to be human at all; for the people who haven’t found their passion to contribute.
Write to, for, and about the person who makes you want to be the best version of yourself; as a writer and as a human being. Every piece is a love letter, a note of appreciation, a record of how thankful you are they exist — even if you haven’t met them yet.
Write for no one; write for everyone.
But please, just write.