“It’s ridiculous. It’s laughable how people think that I am good with words. As if I don’t sit in front of my laptop and constantly rack my brains about what I should be writing next. Words should come so naturally to me, right? Wrong! It doesn’t work that way. Ever. I can’t even find the right words to tell the object of my affection the way I feel. How do you expect me to bare my soul in a way that everybody can make some sense out of my messed-up words? I may shrug it off if I ever hear another well-meaning compliment telling me that I have a way with words and that I am good at it. Internally, I am screaming. I want to tell everyone how difficult this really is. I want people to know that writing may seem like a very easy thing to do, but it really isn’t. It’s the hardest thing ever, even for those of us who do it every single day. No, words do not come naturally to us. Our heads are always buzzing with scattered thoughts and ideas— some extensive enough to fill a library, some short enough to be put into a handful of words, some that make no sense at all whatsoever, some that sound like they could actually be onto something. I never can bring myself to write down most of these thoughts because all the best of those come to me when I’m either in the sleepiest daze ever or when I am blissfully asleep and dreaming. So when we actually find the right words that we would like for everyone to read, we expect a few words of encouragement. We want to know what people think. What we would like is for people to actually send us crumbs of inspiration every now and then. We want our words to actually reach people. We want them to mean something to somebody. It doesn’t matter how many hearts our words can reach, we just want to know whether our words are going somewhere. So, please, for the love of everything that is sane, do not tell writers that they are good with their words. You don’t know how many times we hit ‘Backspace’ to make our works look the way they do when you finally read them.
A severely uninspired writer struggling to find the right words.”
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