If your words had infinite reach, how would you use them?
If you had one chance to reach everyone, everywhere, right now – what would you say?
What are the first words that come to mind?
Which topic would you choose as your focus?
What would your angle be?
How would you feel, writing it all down?
The answers to all of these questions are what make up your mission. Your purpose. The one thing in a single lifetime you set out to accomplish with the help of your words.
A long time ago, I stopped using the following phrases:
- My words don’t matter
- No one is listening to me
- I’m not important enough to make a difference.
Because what do I – what do we – know about any of these things? If we had a chance to publish something everyone would see, we would write about the same things we’re writing about now.
And if we wouldn’t – then what are we doing with our time?
If you aspire to write in such a way, with such an audience, that helps you change the world as well as the people in it, then you should already be writing about the things that matter most to you. You should already be spreading the exact messages you would send to every person in the world, if you could.
The best way to make good use of your time is to write as if your words DO matter. As if EVERYONE is listening. Like you ARE important enough to make a difference.
So. What would you write about?
Rather – what are you going to start writing about today?
Because today isn’t just another day. It’s a new beginning. Or it could be, if you let it.
Write something meaningful today, as if the world is ready and waiting to read it. Because for all you know, they are. Online is still a wondrous thing, in that you don’t always know who is out there reading what you write; benefiting from what you say; living out the advice you give. It’s lovely to know when a specific person is listening. It’s thrilling to imagine everyone who might be, though you may never know for sure.
If nothing else, write because there’s a possibility your words are someone else’s hope. The world feels very big, and you feel very small inside it, until you realize there’s a lot you don’t know about how far your words can reach.
To think over seven billion people will read your words all at once might be wishful thinking. But you’re a writer. Nothing is impossible when making up realities is your job.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.