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Write your heart out
October 1st, 2017 by Coral

Sometimes I hear people say something along the lines of “I wish I could be a writer, but I don’t have anything worth writing about.”

I believe everyone has something worth writing about, if they want to. Obviously, not everyone wants to write, and that’s okay. But if you want to, what’s holding you back?

Fear that no one else will want to read it, maybe, fear of rejection, fear that you won’t like it yourself. These are all legitimate fears, of course. But they shouldn’t stop you.

Everyone has a story worth writing, maybe about themselves, maybe imagined, it doesn’t matter. The thing about writing is you can write whatever you want. If you want to write something to share with the world, go for it. If you want to write something for a select few, or even just you, then do it.

If you do decide to write to share with the world, put your heart into it. Please.

This might sound scary, because of criticism you might face, but it will be worse if you don’t do it. What makes good writing good is the soul of it, and that is a part of the soul of the author. Without genuinely caring about what you write, it’s hollow and empty. Sure, some people might still enjoy it, but you will always know it could have been more, and it will never reach its true potential.

 

The saddest thing to see is a halfhearted book. This can happen for basically two reasons.

 

The first reason is that the author didn’t start out with their heart in the right place. They saw a bandwagon and jumped on, writing something that fit into the recent craze and faded right out with it. Soulless and meaningless, the book accomplishes it’s purpose of making money, or doesn’t, and is quickly forgotten.

 

This can also happen when an author has a good idea, and often the first book is very good. Then, as popularity increases, so does pressure for quick releases. This rushes the author and doesn’t allow for the true story to be told, it takes away from the potential the book used to have.  This doesn’t mean writers can just take forever, if you’re doing it for your career, you have to meet deadlines and treat it as a job. This does not mean, however, you have to accept any terms given you.  We need to evaluate our options as writers and choose an option that allows the story to be told.

 

Above all, I implore, don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to write what’s in your heart and express it, share it with the world. If there is a story inside you itching to come out, it deserves to be heard.

 


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