We writers hope one day someone or thousands of people will read what we’ve written. Imagine spending weeks to prepare a speech and no one came to hear it.
On the other hand, some people keep diaries for years and never let anyone read them. Their writing is a form of catharsis to get the incident, horror, or feelings out of their systems.
My dad, who never said much, but wrote about his dreadful childhood before he passed away, only intended for his family to read it later.
Writing can be a form of cleansing. During some therapy, victims of abuse are asked to write the despicable acts of their abusers. After they are written, each one tosses her list into a fire. It can feel therapeutic.
That’s a good start, but only the blood of Jesus Christ can wash away sins. It is only through forgiveness that we are truly free. Christ forgave us, so we forgive others. Still it may help to write personal sins and ask forgiveness. Or we can put our hands on each written injury someone else did to us and forgive the person.
However, many want some form of feedback when they write something. A writer has a friend, who may not even write, but reads everything her friend writes. Or she may have a writing partner to share written work. Others are part of a writer’s group or belong to an online critique unit, who exchange and critique chapters.
Lots of people who write something hope someone will read it, even if it’s only the children years later. If you put a post on facebook, you’ve put it there for someone to read. Right?
So keep writing your journal, autobiography, or posts on facebook. They will help or bless someone.