Just Write

20130320-032352.jpgIf you think clear, you can write!” William Zinsser

The saddest thought for us, writers, is to think that no one would ever read our writing. However, why entertain thoughts that pull us down, when we can think of beautiful things to lift our spirits? Because it is very critical for us, to have the confidence and clear minds each time we write, and just as the William Zinsser emphasizes on his New York Bestseller’s, On Writing Well.

20130320-032428.jpg Personally, being an avid fan of writing, I read a lot of autobiographies of famous writers. Ironically, a lot of big names in writing and literature, either died of sickness triggered by depression or anxieties (or both), or by suicide–thinking no one was reading their works anymore and fame have abandoned them. To name one, was Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 to 1961), but there were a lot more, like Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter Thompson, even the great Edgar Allan Poe died committing suicide. Some of those suicidal deaths were not even published. However, in respect to our profession (as well as to the departed souls), I won’t delve on how they died. Rather, on the WHY or the reason for taking their own lives–fame (or the death of it) was the common denominator for most of those suicide cases.


A friend (a poet and a fellow blogger too) led me to write this essay. He wasn’t too happy yesterday of his readership. So, I told him, “You know what? You are better than any “wanna bes” out there. Just keep writing! Because you are doing good.” And I mean it; I sincerely do. Actually, my readership is not even a quarter of his. In addition, there are some who can’t even construct a sentence, and he’s not like that (not even an inch closer). In fact, his poems are poignant that too often I find myself sniffing, sometimes, even sobbing (seriously, I did, and for so many times). Nonetheless, if you are on the same boat, I suggest that you finish reading this post, and keep this in mind.

Regardless, if you’re writing or not, or you are writing professionally or not, you can’t rest your happiness on anyone. You shouldn’t even let anyone define your happiness. For more than writing, your well-being matters. However, if writing is your passion, just write with all your heart. If writing is what you do for a living: then you can’t let emotions get in the way of you performing your work. If you are writing for fun: but you aren’t happy with how things are going, then stop! That’s how simple it should be! Because you shouldn’t clog your minds of unhealthy thoughts. Again, more than writing, your well-being matters the most.

Therefore, when you write: Just be confident! Always clear your minds (and vacuum all those unhealthy thoughts away), just as Zinsser remind every writer to do so. Value your readers, but don’t let readership haunt you. Because part of being a writer, is to be creative, but it’s impossible to be creative, if you would “box” yourself, and limit your thoughts with just pleasing your readers. For doing so, you are depriving your writing of your own voice and style. Moreover, we, writers, have to be open minded, optimistic, and imaginative as possible. Most importantly, we shouldn’t think of fame; never think of fame! For many writers like Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson, they didn’t even knew they’d be famous. They just kept writing and remained loyal to their passion until their passing.

Lastly, think clear, and have the confidence each time you hit the keyboard. Write as if you are writing your first love letter; and talk as if it’s your last hour on earth. Bottom line: Think clear, and just write!




33 thoughts on “Just Write

      1. Awww….really? That’s great!! But still, needs to drink more water daily since you are having a feverish-prone soul…lol…just joking…(but serious abt the water drinking…)

        With lots of cheers!


  1. Ania, watch a movie called “The Words” – wonderful movie about a young struggling writer that founds an old script and publish it as his .. then the rightful author comes into his life.


    1. I watched that Wivi. And I encountered someone like that too. Unbelievable! I couldn’t believe before, that there are people who can be that despicably low. But there are, really there are.


      1. It happens every day … I think he thought that the person in question was dead. There was no name neither – love the film. *smile


      2. I know stealing happens every day, Wivi. But for a writer to falsely own 10,000 words of somebody, and claim that they are his (I mean), that’s despicably low! I am roughly estimating 10,000 because that’s the minimum words when one submit a manuscript for a novel. Out of 10,000 words that he typed with no remorse, geez, one must be so thicked-face to do such.


  2. Wonderful message Aina! When I write, i don’t really do it for myself, I write to God every day, thanking him for what he always brings my way. I have always believed that what he has placed in me, leads me to share! I was always too shy to share my poetry! But when pushed within by the presence of His spirit, I answered the call! I one day asked God in prayer if you wanted me to write why don’t people hit the like button or leave comments. I had a dream the next day where an angel, spoke to me and told me just like you were shy, so are many others! God allows you to touch and share without wanting anything in return. There are many who read your words and it changes or makes one life better, is that not a treasure? I realized then what true love really was, sharing and caring…so I share and if no one even told me it touched them, i am touched each day by the love god sends my way to share with others. So if I bring a smile, or cause a subtle change in a life with what I write I do not need to know…for I am just blessed by God in my life to share with others…it is the most pleasurable job I ever had in my life, it does not pay in dollars and cents, it pays in dividends of love! God bless you, hope you are well, i am finally getting better, and much love to you always dear sister…Mahalo!!!


  3. Thank you so much for this very clear post. For me, this was the gold I’m taking away:
    “Regardless, if you’re writing or not, or you are writing professionally or not, you can’t rest your happiness on anyone. You shouldn’t even let anyone define your happiness.”

    Wonderful suggestion/invitation! When I began my blog, I did it just to express myself. I know that my thoughts and feelings influence The Field and permeate the Collective Mind. I love that other bloggers stop by, click “Like” and leave comments. However, I’ve had to come to terms with my ego’s thoughts that MORE people should be stopping by. No, my original intention was correct: I am blogging for myself; if anyone else reads my blog, that’s a bonus. blessings and love, Alia


  4. Hi Aina ,beautiful post .Kind thoughts and kind words build ambitions and give hope and delight.Thank you for liking my post ( Boston Marathon ..) blessings.jalal


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