The Urge to Write

Woman at Desk Painting

Do you often feel the urge to write but don’t know what to write about?

I do.

At first this annoyed me and I often hung my head and sighed.

‘I want to write but I have nothing to say,’ I thought. ‘I’m no proper writer.’

I stared at many blank pages.

And they stared at me.

And we became acquaintances.

One day I met a page that was whiter than the others.

I wanted to make friends with her.

So I picked up the pen and wrote something on her.

And it made me feel good.

And from then on I kept writing something new everyday.

And I am glad I did, for it instilled in me the habit of writing daily.

To become a good writer it’s important to write every time you feel the ‘literary urge.’

It doesn’t matter what you write.

But it’s important that you do it.

In those scribblings you will discover more about yourself than in the mirror,

And it will soothe you,

And make you write more and write better,

And before you know it you’ve written a book.

35 thoughts on “The Urge to Write

  1. Yes! That’s why I can’t get myself to write a book! At first it all starts…hard. But once I start writing, it just flows. And it goes so easily…until I get stuck. And that happens usually at the end of the first page. I usually like very much what I wrote after I read it some time later. But I can’t ever go beyond that one page. It’s like that history is finished already. Like my writing has no further life beyond one page…

    Another thing is, I feel I have a lot to say, but once I write it, it’s never quite what I wanted to say. It’s still nice, and sometimes even enlightening to me, but still not exactly what I meant…

    But it is true that you will learn more about yourself. In a way you wouldn’t be able to if you haven’t ever written. Writing opens different kind of doors.

  2. And when i write en……….when i don’t av anything to say….. I write more. Am freer, and I scribble and blabber. Sometimes they form legit pieces others not so much But I get to flush my system. Out with every speck of thought inside 🙂

    That en is olso
    “Today” !

    loved this post!

  3. Loved reading this, you write so beautifully. I often have this problem too & will take your advice to write something even if it’s a struggle to find something to write etc..

    Thanks 🙂

  4. “One day I met a page that was whiter than the others.

    I wanted to make friends with her.

    So I picked up the pen and wrote something on her.”

    WOW! Loved this bit.

  5. I’ve had this multiple times, inspiration strikes, but leaves behind no words to form sentences with. Recently I was struck with one idea that finally blossomed into a work, and I must say that I am proud of it, for lack of finesse is made up in substance. I like to read your words. 🙂 sorry for the scatterbrained thoughts, too. Attention span is limited.

  6. I’ve felt this way. But I’ve also felt I absolutely *couldn’t* write. Writing takes everything I have, and, sometimes, life has already taken that away from me. It is then that I sob (inwardly), and wait.

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  8. Yes, I feel the urge to write. Always have…in fact I first started scribbling in journals when I was about 6. And I am, when life doesn’t get in the way, a voracious reader.

    I used to have dreams of becoming a writer, but alas life had other plans for me. So for now, I’m just happy to have joined the world of blogging. Though my reasons for starting may not be why most other folks do. Health and life have ground my sense of personal power – more accurately, feeling comfortable enough to speak my truth, my thought and my opinions, out loud – to a grinding halt. Simply put, I lost my voice.

    So now I have a blog, which I renamed yesterday to better reflect the purpose being joining WordPress. It is called, “Seeking my Voice.”

    Why am I telling you all this? Because young Vincent, after reading a few of your posts and your “About Me” section, I think you are truly well on your way to finding YOUR VOICE. You are naturally gifted with the English language, made even more impressive by the fact that it is not your first language and that you are self taught!

    I do believe, if you keep at, you will one day achieve your dream of becoming a successful writer. You’ve already overcome so much in your young life, so please remember in the years ahead just how truly strong you are. No matter what obstacles you run into, don’t allow them to beat down your spirit. Don’t ever give up.

    Just keep in writing!


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