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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Problem with Writing



(Trying to clear the air, or my head, or both.)


The problem with writing isn't that I have nothing to say.  It's rather that once I open the gates, the words rush out, and there's not stopping them til they're all said.  And who has that kind of time?

The problem with writing is that no matter what I say, I can't make you understand.  To quote Jethro Tull, "I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.

The problem with writing is that if I say what I truly feel, what I truly see and know, they'll come for me like they've come for so many others.  We live in dangerous times.

The problem with writing is that words are capable of expressing such a tiny portion of what I truly have to say.

The problem with writing is that if I were to try to utter more than a bit or a fragment, I'd be writing book after book, for the rest of my life, that no one would ever read.  And I'm not the sort that writes books.  Life is too short.

The problem with writing is that I see from so many points of view at any one time that I can't pick one to stand on and to speak from.

The problem with writing is that it feels like a waste of time when I should be learning.

The problem is that there's nothing to teach but lots to learn.

The problem with writing is that I'm not really willing to tell you much about myself anyway.

The problem with writing is that I'm likely to hurt your feelings.

The problem with writing is that I don't have the time for it.

The problem with writing is that when I do it I realize how much of my other time is truly wasted, sucked dry by the evil ones for whom we are all forced to labor.

The problem with writing is that I'm afraid I'm not as good at it as I used to be.

The problem with writing is that I'd rather be doing it in another language, in German, or in Sanskrit.

The problem with writing is is that I'm afraid to tell you what I really see in the world, for fear you'll hate and misunderstand me.  And I hate it that I care what you think.

The problem with writing is that I'm afraid to tell you what means the most to me, for fear that you'll use it to hurt me.

The problem with writing is that no matter how long I keep on doing it, I can never say it all.


(To be continued.)

5 comments:

Gareth Young said...

This is the problem with writing, but also with talking, and with all aspects of the social connections that are so important for our health. Critical to us but incredibly dangerous and incomplete. I think this is actually a question of intimacy.

Gareth Young said...

This is the problem with writing, but also with talking, and with all aspects of the social connections that are so important for our health. Critical to us but incredibly dangerous and incomplete. I think this is actually a question of intimacy.

Gareth Young said...

This is the problem with writing, but also with talking, and with all aspects of the social connections that are so important for our health. Critical to us but incredibly dangerous and incomplete. I think this is actually a question of intimacy.

Cherry said...

The problem with not writing, however, it that you are not writing (which is my problem).

stacyb said...

the problem with writing is i fear you will hate and misunderstand me, and I hate that I care what you think.This is why i have a problem with writing and talking.