You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
www.inkthinkerblog.com — Are you writing to change the world? To make a statement? Or just to write?
There are a lot of reasons people put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, and they’re all equally valid. But Fitzgerald highlights two very different types of writing, a sentiment that seems an excellent match for Tuesday’s quote about being pulled by words.
Sometimes when we sit down to write, we’re not sure what we have to say or even what we might want to say. Does that mean we shouldn’t bother writing? Not at all. The important thing in writing is to listen to yourself. At times, we may start out thinking we’re going to write one thing and then end up writing something else entirely. That something else, the ideas that claw their way to the surface, I believe that is what Fitzgerald’s talking about when he says that we write because we have something to say.
What do you want to say with your writing? What’s the story that’s trying to bubble up to the surface each time you embrace the written word? And why haven’t you written it yet?
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