I’ve published a lot of things on the internet. Like, a lot. On Thought Catalog alone I have 71 pages of articles, 10 articles on each page. That’s a lot of articles. A lot of words. A lot of writing.
What do I write on? I write about viral news, which is broadly defined as anything “current eventsy” that people want to read. That’s probably about 60% of my articles. Another 20% is probably media comps, collections of funny images and pictures from across the internet that attain people laugh. The other 20% is probably” personal content .”
Thought Catalog is unique in that so much of our content is farmed not from the world around us, but from our own lives as writers.
The power in writing comes from relatability between the reader and the writer. It comes from when you read one of my experiences, and can identify with it. On particularly magical moments, reading a piece of writing might actually stimulate “youre feeling” better , because you realize that someone is struggling with the same things you are. For us novelists, it is those rare magical moments that drive us to write.
That’s also why, when writing, we often focus on the more challengingmemories and experiences. It isn’t inevitably because we are living terrible lives, but because we want our work to have meaning. We want our work to make a difference.