Some people might think that it’s cool not to care. If you’re usually nonchalant, casual, and go with the flow, that would seem to mean that you’re generally agreeable and likeable. You might even think that not caring will put you in a position where you won’t ruffle any feathers or make enemies. Not caring could seem like it’s beneficial for a writer. However, caring can be an integral part of being a great writer, as you need to care about others, your work, and in general.
From a young age, most of us are taught to care about others. We’re taught to share, to apologize, and to do nice things because that is what decent people do. It’s also what good writers learn to do. If you care about others, you’re learning about empathy. Empathizing with people and learning about what makes them happy will help you write interesting and true characters. Through channeling real empathy, you’ll be able to make your audience happy (or sad or anything at all) which is what writers want to do.
In addition to caring about others, you need to care about your work. If you don’t care about your work, no one else will. There is so much great writing out there and it’s hard to set yourself apart. The only way you’ll have a chance is by caring about your work and pouring your heart and soul into every word. By taking your work seriously and writing about the things you care about, you’ll create interesting stories with heart that will rise above other work of similar quality.
Finally, you need to just care in general. When someone asks where you want to eat, don’t say: “I don’t care.” Instead, think about what you really want and express your true desires. “I don’t care” is a cop out. It means that you’re settling for the default answer because you’re too lazy, boring, or scared to say what you really feel. As a writer, you need to be in tune with your thoughts and be able to express yourself. Make up your mind about the little things and you’ll have a clearer head when it comes time to write your words on the page.