You need to have something to say

Writers need to have a voice. The question is: do you want to say something or do you have something to say?

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

To me, or rather for me, the distinction is clear. When I first began writing, it sometimes felt like I was forcing it. Writing didn’t seem like a natural extension of my thought process. Rather, it felt like I was trying to grab onto the idea in my head as it resisted with all its might.

I wanted to say something, but I didn’t have anything to say. Nobody will listen to you if you don’t have anything to say. Simply wanting to say something isn’t enough. There are multiple billion people on this planet. Nobody has time to listen to someone that doesn’t have anything to say!

Whatever a writer has to say is the value that he(or she) brings to the table. If you don’t have anything to say, you don’t belong at the table. You need to have something to say, or you need to go away.


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