When I started writing I was constantly thinking about so many other factors that it hindered the flow of my writing. I was constantly being reminded of the fact that I should link my writing to some kind of financial value or some marketing angle using on-page optimization or copywriting skills. When I did this I found that a number of things happened:
It inhibited the flow of my writing – It was constantly stopping and starting while I was thinking about the other factors.
It didn’t feel natural to me
It hindered my creative expression because I was constantly thinking about the commercial aspect as oppose to thinking about the true value of the content I was writing.
I decided to change my writing approach and throw away all the commercial aspects of writing out of the window and with it any inhibitions or hindrance to my creative expression. It gave me a new lease of life in my writing, no longer was I stopping and starting, the words just seemed to flow. This was more of a congruous way of working for me because I didn’t have the looming thought in the background that I had to make money out of my writing. I wanted to write for the sake of writing, I wanted to express my ideas, I wanted to add value to myself as well as to other people reading my writing and the only way I could do this was to remove any commercial restrictions and focus only on the value of the content to me and my readers.
This is my personal choice and approach, and it may not suit everyone, and not everyone will agree with my approach to remove the commercial aspect of writing and focus on the free flow of writing and thoughts. For some writers weaving in the commercial aspects into their writing is second nature, but I have felt comfortable with such an approach because I wanted to focus on the real intrinsic value of content I write to change minds and not on the commercial value that potentially can change bank balances if done well.
I wanted to enjoy the pleasure of writing and creative expression without any inhibitions and luckily for me the genre that I have chosen to write about, namingly personal development for Muslims allows me the scope and latitude to be more exploitative and creative in my writing. I would even go as far as to say that writing within this genre even calls for such an approach, for without such an approach, unique and original pieces of work cannot be written.
A friend of mine was a keen amateur photographer and he showed me some of his picture and I was very impressed by them and I suggested that he could make a living out of them and sell them for a healthy profit. But he refused to even entertain such an idea and he said he wanted to preserve the pleasure of his photography and not link it to any forms of commerciability. At the time I was dumbfounded by his answer and couldn’t understand why he took this stance. But as I continued my writing I remembered what he had said and it started to make sense to me, because I wanted to keep my writing pure and not taint it with the brush commerciability.
Once you go down the route of commercializing your writing or writing just for the sake of money, the true value begins to fade away and your writing becomes like everyone else’s writing on the net, who are out to make a quick buck.
For me writing is a form of self-expression and I can’t express myself fully if I have financial inhibitions looming over my head. I want to give the best value I can give, the best authentic value I can give without compromise to myself and to my readers. By removing the commercial constraints I have been able to fulfill my self-expression by delivering the best writing I can do. This is probably one of the reasons why I never became I ghostwriter or a freelance writer, I was more interested in writing for myself and about subjects that interested me as opposed to being a gun for hire or in this case a pen for hire (keyboard for hire).
By taking this approach my writing has improved by leaps and bounds and I am no longer hampered by looming thoughts in the background and can give my full attention to what I am writing about and let it flow from my mind onto the computer in a seamless way rather than meandering from left to right. This approach also brings me great joy and pleasure when I do write because I know that I am adding real value and that real value is the true focus of my writing.
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