Never Write to Make Other People Happy


Check out this thought-provoking post from the Novelty Revisions blog on how you should never write to make other people happy.

Meg Dowell

I am a people-pleaser.

I do everything I can to make other people happy, even if it means giving up things that make me happy.

And I feel guilty whenever I do choose to do something that makes me happy over something that will satisfy someone else.

I do not like this about myself. I never have.

As a writer, it has made me far less productive, outspoken, and brave.

Over the years, I’ve wasted a lot of time trying to do nice things for people who have rarely, if ever, made an effort to do nice things for me.

I never want to be less kind, less caring, or less compassionate.

But I do want to be a little more selfish sometimes, for the sake of my writing career.

I want to be able to put some of my projects on the front lines, instead of putting them on…

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