From a Frustrated Writer


I write all the time.

I keep a journal, I’m in the process of writing my second book, I’m a journalism major, and I work on my school newspaper.

There are always the usual frustrations of no one seeming to care about words anymore. Books and newspapers go unread. People are turning more to technology and children rather play on their tablets than read a book. Many people don’t realize that words and communication are some of the most important things in the world. Everyone should have good writing and reading skills. While math skills are important also, if you can’t read the problem then you can’t solve it.

The one question writers are almost always asking themselves is: how can I make my words grab people’s attention?

Writers write because they want their voices to be heard in a different and uninterrupted way. While most of my writing stays private, what I do post online or in print is usually ignored- which isn’t a big surprise, but after awhile it starts to make you feel like you’re doing something wrong.

I’ve questioned my skills so many times and even wondered if this is what I’m supposed to do. While I usually refute these doubts, it still continues to sit in the back of my mind.

Of course, regardless of how many people are reading my work or dislike it, this won’t stop me from writing. I don’t purely write to reach an audience but to settle my soul and fears, to calm myself down, and just because I need to.

Lately I’ve found myself in a sort of writing slump. Every time I pick up a pen or start typing, I’m constantly cringing. Trying not to compare yourself to others can be one of the hardest things to avoid doing. I’ve been jumping back and forth between projects, unable to concentrate on one for very long or able to keep a consistent writing schedule.

To all of the other frustrated writers who find themselves staring at a blank piece of paper, or lines of badly strung words, you are definitely not alone.

The best thing to do is to just plow on and keep beating away the voice who says “stop”. The only way to get out of a writing slump is to keep going.

Just remember what Jody Ellen Malpas said, “you must write for yourself and not what you think people want to read.”

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