To Write or Not to Write?

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Yes, that is the question and no, it is not a trick question. Ok, maybe that is a hard question to answer because you have not taken the time to answer these next questions?

1. Why do you want to write? — If you do not know why you want to write, you will not have a reason to persevere when the going gets tough?

2. Do you like to read? — If you do not like to read, you will never be a good writer.

3. Do you have a desire to share with others what is in your head and heart? — If you care less about whether anybody ever sees your writing on paper or on the computer, then don’t bother to try.

4. Is there anything you would rather do with your time? — If you would rather play games, surf the web, watch television, or go paintballing, then writing will just be a waste of your time.

5. Do you have an intermediate or long-term goal that involves putting thoughts in print? — If you do not, then you cannot expect to be able to establish any short term goals necessary to meet the long-term goals.

6. Does the fear of rejection keep you from accomplishing any goals? — If fear paralyzes you, then writing will only add to the problem. Writing is a series of rejections. You will reject words, paragraphs, and even entire manuscripts. Publishers will reject you by the scores. Bloggers and commenters will hate on you or just ignore your work. Family and friends will reject the idea that you CAN make a living as a writer.

So, the question again – To write or not to write?

You tell me! Better yet, write me. Write others. Write the world.

writing if i can think it chant


3 thoughts on “To Write or Not to Write?

    StCyril said:
    September 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I have to disagree with you on one point, the rest you’re dead on about, but #2 I don’t agree with.
    Honestly, I don’t like to read, and that’s not because I find it boring and there are other things that I’d rather be doing. I don’t like to read because honestly, I find many of the stories I read to be extremely disappointing. Not all, but the majority definitely fall into that.
    Often it’s because the characters are stale or the story is hard to follow or drawn out or I simply don’t like a writer’s style and find it too hard to follow.
    In fact, that’s what inspired me to write. I heard an interview with a man who worked with one of my idols, J.R.R. Tolkien. He said that Tolkien was having a hard time finding stories that he liked, so he wrote his own. That was the beginning of Middle Earth. So I took proverbial page from his book and wrote stories that I wanted to see written. I didn’t know if others would like them and really didn’t care at that point.
    I was just lucky enough that other people really did like them, so I kept writing.


      StCyril said:
      September 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Maybe I’m just picky. Either way good post. I absolutely agree with the rest.


      Mark Anthony Escalera responded:
      September 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      StCyril, your point is well taken. My reference is really to those who just cannot be bothered to read at all – ever. I agree that there is a great deal of drivel that takes up a great deal of ink that is just not worth reading.

      I do like that some people (like Tolkien) have really taken the time to hone their craft and not just tried to gain altitude on the NY best seller list for their particular genre by inserting language, sexual content, etc. just to gain an audience. Truly good books should engage the brain and the emotions.

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