Are you a reluctant writer? Perhaps you hesitate to write because you don’t know what to say. You are unwilling to expose yourself to criticism. You are unenthusiastic about sharing your thoughts on paper, or you think you have nothing worthwhile to say. Maybe someone criticized your writing. OK, a lot of someones because after the first one you just gave up and didn’t want to try to write anymore. You felt justified in your attitude because their opinion mattered more than yours did. They made you doubt your skills and surrender all written ambition to those critics and worse, loved ones who only told you the “truth” for your own good.
The “truth” is that you are a writer. We are all writers. Moreover, we are also reluctant writers. We hesitate staring at the blank page or blinking cursor on the blank computer screen. We procrastinate because we’re not sure anyone will want to read what we have to write. We pause because we want to avoid the criticism and judgment when our writing does not agree with another’s opinion. But, we have to remember that as writers, when we publish our words, we are speaking for those who share our opinion. They see themselves reflected in our words and our writing validates their opinion. Our writing allows them to claim their voice.
Can a reluctant writer learn to love writing? Well, I won’t speak for all reluctant writers. However, I can tell you this. I love the result of knowing I’ve spoken my truth and touched someone else’s life when I overcome the challenge of whatever is causing my reluctance, and write what is on my mind and in my heart.