Has the art of writing met its demise?


I recently received great advice on how to drive more traffic to my blog.  During this discussion, the topic of whether or not the art of writing is dying came up.  And if it is a dying art, what is killing it?  It is no secret, we live in a TMZ world.  A lot of articles use some form of click bait to attract readers, and a lot of headings are in place for nothing more than shock value.

I learned that one of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog is to follow the current writing trends.  It is not so much about your writing, spelling, grammar or content but more about the strategies utilized to keep a reader engaged.  It is all about catching and retaining your reader’s attention.  The majority of the world is reading from a smart phone or tablet and they are just itching to keep scrolling.  You have about 2 seconds to grab someone and maybe another 15 seconds to hold their attention.  That is not a lot of time when you are more of a prose writer like myself.

I was very appreciative of the advice I received but I wonder where do I draw the line?  Do I have to sell my soul, lose my integrity and shift my purpose to be successful?  My style of writing may not appeal to non-readers, gossip lovers or people who want simple, generic blog posts.  I was told I write like a Harvard grad and maybe I should consider dumbing down my writing.

Kim K is notorious for using her sexual wiles to keep the public engaged.  It seems just when all Kardashian news is quiet, Kim pops up naked somewhere.  Some deem her a marketing genius, some say there is nothing wrong with her embracing her sexuality and others feel she really has nothing else to offer.  Whatever her reasoning for doing what she does, it is not my place to judge and sit on my moral high horse.  I simply believe it is not a path I want to follow.

One of the comments I received on my post Whatever Happened to Keeping it Classy? stated that I should not be slut shaming.  What that reader failed to realize was he/she was shaming me for expressing my own principles?  It is the same situation here.  Kim K does what she does to get to where she wants to be and I will continue to do what I know to get to where I need to be.  I could drastically change my writing to gain more recognition but would I still recognize me?

Nahhhh, I think I will stick with the overall purpose for my writing.  I may tweak my style, add some new techniques and spice things up from time to time.  But overall, I refuse to sacrifice my morality for a few more clicks.  This is my passion and I am not in it to become a multi-millionaire.  I do it because I love it and I am open to wherever that may lead me.

Until next time, stand up for what’s ‘write’ even if you ‘write’ alone!

~ Mara Prose


– Be sure to visit the Mara Prose Virtual Book Club Page.  We have selected our next book and will be having our first Snacks & Chat after the July 4th holiday.

– I will be debuting 2 new blogs after the July 4th holiday!  I am very excited about these additional endeavors.  Now let’s pray I find the time to stay on top of all that I have on my plate.

– My Poem “The Masks We Wear” will be published and released in the next 6 to 8 weeks via Eber & Wein Publishing’s Where The Mind Dwells.  Hurry and order your copy within the next 48 hours for the sales price of $39.95.  After that, it will go up to $69.95.

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12 responses to “Has the art of writing met its demise?”

  1. I don’t think writing is dying. Personally I read all types except the gossip. When I read I would rather escape my own reality. Theirs do not seem to be any better. 😀

  2. I personally don’t think writing is dying. I think it’s just changing. If you are writing about something, there are people out there that are interested in that topic. You just got to find them and target them! 🙂

  3. Where there is passion there is great writing. Maybe you don’t get an extra 20 reader on your page, you have to write with passion and if you change your style just to please others something you love can quickly become something you hate. I think you’re doing a fab job, don’t let anyone tell you any different!


    1. Thanks so much Faith!!!

  4. Completely agree Mara. Stay true to your vision and what moves you, just as I will be doing.

  5. Soraya @ Hello Raya Avatar
    Soraya @ Hello Raya

    I definitely don’t think writing is dying, but I do agree that we need to somewhat keep up with the trends…of course without selling your soul. I have found doing my research, such as using Google’s Keyword Planner has been great to help me think about how to approach a topic. It’s given me guidance as to what people are looking for around a topic I want to write about. Great post!

    1. I haven’t used Google keyword planner yet but I will!! Thanks for the great tip!!

  6. Amen sister! Stand tall and write what you want and how you want! I feel the same way. Thanks for stating it so clearly.

    And I think there are too many of us who write and appreciate good writing for it to truly be dying.

    1. Thanks for your support, Audrey!!

  7. I agree! Why sell your integrity for a few extra followers?

  8. It may be keywords that drive traffic to your site but it is kick a** content that keeps them there. Good writing has never been more noticeable. Discerning thoughtful readers still respect and appreciate – and Demand – it! The field of journalism has never been so exciting! Keep doing what you do best but change enough to stay in the race.

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