I haven’t written in awhile. Maybe because I’m tired, or maybe because I can’t think straight, maybe because I’m going to college, or maybe I am just so overcome by doubt that I can’t put my words onto the paper.

Yet, here I am, writing.

I haven’t written in a while, maybe for those reasons above or maybe because I lost my voice.

I got so caught up in this whirlwind of ‘They are better writers’ and ‘I could never be an author’ that I stopped trying.

Let this be heard if everything else isn’t, NEVER STOP TRYING.

When you stop trying, you stop caring, when you stop caring you lose a part of yourself.

Don’t ever lose that part of yourself.

People come and people go but our stories stick with us.

That fantastic short story of the nurse and the soldier I wrote years ago is still with me.

The horrible X-Men fanfiction I wrote years and years ago is still with me, for better or for worse.

Our stories we write shape us and help us find our voice to write further. If we listen to the doubt and give into the fear of never being good enough, we will never be good enough because we stopped being.

 

We stopped being.

We stopped being bad writers with high hopes.

We stopped being good writers with high hopes.

We stopped being okay writers with high hopes.

We stopped.

We can’t stop. If we stop who will reach?

 

I write to reach people. I hope this post reaches someone who needs if, even if that someone is just me.

I write to touch people. My family and I have been through so many things, good and bad and I want to connect with people going through those things and help touch their lives and maybe bring them hope.

 

"I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of."

- Joss Whedon

This is a quote from Joss Whedon. Many people in the fan world either love him or hate him. Wherever you stand with him let this quote sink in.

I write for the same reasons he does. I write for the same reasons you do. I write for my reasons.

You write for his reasons, my reasons, and your own reasons.

Whatever you write for, keep it close to your heart.

Because if you listen to the doubt and you give up, you aren’t just giving up on you but you’re giving up on your reason.

That’s huge.

Your reason could be “I’m writing for my brother because his voice can’t be heard.”

If you give up on your writing because you are scared you will never be good enough, then who will write for your brother?

Who will write for you reason?

Who will write for you?

I can’t write for you.

She can’t write for you.

He can’t write for you.

 

Only you can write for you.

 

So write.

Published by Britt Cole