Make It Come Out Write

Ruffled Plain

Subject. Topic. Possibilities. Blank document; paper or otherwise. Do it. Don’t do it. Use that word. Use these, instead. Word it differently. No. Reword it. Now, reword it again. Cancel that. Rewrite it. Erase that. No, don’t erase that! It might come in handy later. Erase that, though. Put that idea here. Put that thought there. Move this. Replace these. Insert here and erase… no, don’t erase; just take it out and put it away.

Writers constantly struggle to get their thoughts onto paper, or into an electronic document that will give them the ease required to look past their mind and into what they’ve thought about. This idea and that thought may both seem like good ideas. Excellent ideas they are, maybe.

Once the words have been written and put down on paper or into the document on the monitor in front of them, these ideas and thoughts seem to clash. Maybe they no longer make the perfect sense they once did. Perhaps, the wrong words were used and others should have been used to give the idea or thought more meaning.

The ideas that come to mind seem wonderful to the writer who is about to write them. They would likely seem wonderful to the reader who would enjoy the time spent to read them, if the writer would ever get around to finish writing them.

Writing takes time. Writing well, sometimes takes even more time. No, good writing does not consist of the overly used editing skills that some writers boast about having; that’s good editing. Good writing comes from some place deeper than a pencil or a keyboard, and it is much more than a single edit will help.

Writing well is more about writing from the heart rather than scribbling notes for a grocery list. Good writing is more than words; it’s feeling, too. In order to write something that is well written, words to describe the object must be used. — Bland. Overrated. Too cliché. — To write well, a heart must be present in order to give the words more meaning than a dictionary can provide.

Description comes in handy. Description is also known to hinder a piece of writing more than it helps in many cases. Description is of no use when the idea will not reveal itself long enough to be written; when the thought creeps back into its dark corner.

Perhaps it’s only the imagination of the writer that makes the writing seem less than worthy. Perhaps, the writing actually is less than worthy and should be crumpled into a ball and thrown into a useful waste basket. Or, perhaps, the world would love to read what has been written, if only it were able to be written.

Words and sentences often express thought. Ideas are expressed this way, too, of course. What happens when the words won’t come to create sentences? — A jumbled mess of thought mixed with confusion and irritation; that’s what.

Writing benefits from emotion. It benefits from idea, thought, consideration, and meaningful words that allow a writer to effectively convey an idea to another, through the use of words. Writing does not, however, benefit from loose hairs resulting from an irritated writer pulling them out. Nor does it benefit from the angst that is likely to arrive upon the third revision of the same piece.

Writing well lies within the writer. To force the words will usually result in what feels as failure, because the piece is not written as well as it could be, as well as it should be, written. All is not lost. After all, that’s why the process of editing was created; right?

Many writers find themselves editing more than they write. Other writers find themselves writing and editing here and there, as it’s needed. The whole point, whether it is in a completely raw form that will ultimately need a few hours of editing or it’s in perfect condition as it’s being written, is to make it come out; write.


18 thoughts on “Make It Come Out Write

    • Thank you. I always enjoy reading over such inspirational comments such as this one. You have helped to create another smile all in the matter of… well, however long it took you to write and post that comment.

      Thank you, again.

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  2. Well done! I enjoyed reading your piece about writing. I’m glad you were able to write it. I think sometimes I over think writing when all that’s really needed at the moment is just to write. Write it, write it! Think about the rest later. Otherwise, I might end up losing the emotion of it, the reason for wanting to write it in the first place. That’s hard to get back sometimes.

    • A writer writing about what they know tends to draw on experience more than hearsay; it carries more weight than what supposedly happened. Only during the time that senses are awake and ready to absorb information, is a writer really able to put emotion and thought into their writing.

      Thank you.

  3. Sometimes the writing feels more like an elusive spell than a process I can reproduce reliably. I think your post captured the essence of this quite well.

    And it made me laugh… ;)

    • I’ll agree with you on the elusive spell; it does tend to feel that way at times. — Such creative thinking there.

      Laughs are always welcome, so long as they’re not the tiny ones that are hidden away in a pocket. Thank you for spreading the smiles. I offer one in return.

  4. Good post! I only recently began blogging, and I’ve found that my biggest problem is finishing articles. I have no problem coming up with ideas, but in the middle of writing, my mind wanders and I’ll think of another idea. So now I have a few dozen articles that are started but nowhere near finished. It drives me crazy! I love having creativity, but sometimes I need to rein it in a bit or I never finish anything.

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