Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dear Writer, You're Not Alone



Dear writer,
Sometimes, when the sky is blotted with grey, you feel alone. Sometimes when you ramble about your shiny idea, they just stare. Sometimes, when you stay up frantically typing and finish, they say congratulations but don’t mean it. You look around, and the empty air peers back at you, telling you it’s just you. It’s just you.
So you close the laptop, bury under the covers, and fall asleep to tear-stains.
The morning whispers, “No one understands. They try, but they can’t. Or maybe...no one cares.”
Your fingers hesitate on the keys, cursor blinking. You shut it and leave.
Days blur, with little words formed, and greater distance from the laptop and what's inside. Every time you sit down to add to your story, the doubts creep in. What’s the point of writing if no one will read it? After all, no one’s going to. It’s horrible, it’s awful, the worst thing you’ve ever read.
You shouldn’t be a writer.
The door slams close behind you.
You find yourself in other worlds between pressed paper pages, tucked paperbacks and stroked hardcovers. They’re so much better than you, these authors. You never should have written in the first place, the library leers.
You nod, back of your eyes burning, and sink down, and down.
There’s a layer of dust on your laptop.

But writer, you aren’t the only one who feels this way. You’re not the only one to feel like no one understands, to be discouraged, to let doubts shut down every word you write. You’re not alone. Every writer understands, every one.
Right now your story might not read like a published book, but those go through years of editing. Yours can and will be just as good, if not better.
People do care. About you, and about your writing. They might not understand what plot bunnies are or why you’re not finished yet, but you are worth more than the sum of your word counts. They love you, writer and all.
Then there are other writers. There’s the writing community. Talking to each other, sharing our struggles, is proof that you're not alone in what you're going through. Doubt chains all. The right friends, the right thinking, can set you free from them.
You are not alone.
So open your laptop, and trace the edges of the story you were shaping from a blank white screen, and take a deep breath.
You can write, knowing that you’re not alone.
And you never were.

Do you ever feel alone as a writer? What doubts do you go through? We're all here for you. <3

~~Melissa Gravitis~~ 


Melissa Gravitis is a Christian writer with a Thai heart, Aussie heritage, and international blood. Growing up overseas, she developed a passion for following dreams, and crafting Young Adult stories with vibrant worlds and characters that pop off the page. Though she doesn’t own any pets (yet), she has imaginary friends called Characters that she spends most of her days with. When she’s not with them, she’s jamming to music, sketching, or burying herself in books. You can read her thoughts and follow her writing progress on her blog, Quill Pen Writer.

14 comments:

  1. This post is beautiful, Melissa! Thank you for such an encouraging post. <3

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    1. Thank you so much!! So glad to hear it encouraged you. <3

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  2. Wonderful! Thank you for encouraing all of us again, Melissa! <3

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  3. Amazing! <333 So encouraging, Melissa!

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  4. The writing community is full of so many amazing, encouraging people...people who are going (or have gone) through the same troubles. Sometimes I feel like I'm never going to ever finish. But I'm probably not the only one. :)

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    1. It really is, it's a blessing to be part of it! You're definitely not the only one! I think that all the time, and I'm sure so many other writers do too. <3 Thanks for reading!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful. <3 Thank you for sharing this, Melissa!

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  6. This is so sweet! It's almost like a short story all by itself! I applaud your skill! *clap clap clap*

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    1. Aww thanks so much Bethany, you're too kind! <3 I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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