Writing to be noticed: The mind of a writer is all at once a dangerous and safe place

Sitting at my desk I found myself procrastinating, starting a sentence and deleting it, moving from one topic to another and generally over thinking what I wanted to say. The problem is because I have set myself apart as wanting to write and hoping that other people will think I am good at it, I know that every single word on the page has significance and creates an impression. There is a pressure to say something profound, funny, enlightening… generally something better than what the ‘average’ human being would not say. I feel pressured to write like a writer, but how does a writer write?

Let me make it clear that I have no idea how a writer writes… I personally think that everyone is a writer in their own right. However some people are just able to create better flowing sentences, create better images in other people’s minds, and create an illusion that they are better on paper than they probably actually are. However I am finding that there is a tone developing via social media that makes me feel pressured to write something quirky, or attract attention in order to get noticed. Freedom of speech and all that has made nearly anything admissible. You can slander someone’s name or character, call people all the things under the sun and it’s all cool?! Everyone is talking about what everyone is talking about, and in order to get more twitter followers or be trending, people will falsify and exaggerate opinions in order to get a look in. Where is the problem here?

The problem is that I am finding that I am more mistrustful than ever of what I read. I am constantly battling between just silently reading an article or blog and decoding and deciphering if this may actually be the writers opinion or something they have just thrown together because they know that if they come in from a certain angle it will generate more buzz. This is a problem writers have had to contend with for years upon years and I often find myself sipping tea and wondering what happened to the days of the greats and golden oldies like Shakespeare or Wordsworth who did not care about what other people were saying and instead wrote from the heart.

Are there any genuine writers out there anymore? Ok so a lot of the genuine writers have had questionable lives and untimely deaths (Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf), but what they have said has made lasting impacts! Lets be honest, nobody is going to care about a lot of the superficial, hyperbolic gloss that people are spilling everywhere. These are only momentary highs that maybe trending for 3 minutes and then vanish into “the cloud” forever. Today I realised that I actually long for the days of the crazy writer, who passionate in a cause spent hours slogging over sheets of paper, ripping their brains out trying to see life or the situation from a different angle. To be noticed is fine and certainly necessary but there is more more to life than trending right?

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About Plantain Periodicals

Hello! Welcome to the Plantain Periodicals blogs. The name stems from the kitchen moments I had with my friends at university cooking plantain and planning our lives together. I have used this space as a window into my mind and the way I make sense of all my experiences through writing.This is where I share those conversations and moments that happen inside my head as a young woman growing up in 21st century London. Hopefully you'll be entertained and also learn a thing or two. My main blog ad: www.nissiknows.wordpress.com My literature blog: www.plantainperiodicals.wordpress.com NMx
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2 Responses to Writing to be noticed: The mind of a writer is all at once a dangerous and safe place

  1. I saw an article recently (can’t remember where though!) about the idea of authenticity in writing, and how that really is what people are searching for. The upshot of that person’s take was, essentially, if you’re faking it sooner or later you will slip up. I can’t imagine trying to maintain a fake personality online…it’s exhausting enough just being myself, lol. That being said I do sometimes self-censor, “is that REALLY something I want to share” but more along the lines of privacy than trying to obfuscate my opinion.

    And your thoughts on everyone being able to write are right in line with mine…what readers see are the final product and they can’t tell if it’s of 5 minutes or 5 hours. In a way all good writing is a graceful illusion…but that doesn’t make me want to live in a world where no one edits! I like good writing, because regardless of how easily or not easily it came to be, the point really is that it’s easy for me to read, enjoy, and engage with…

    • I think it is definitely good to try and avoid getting too personal (well depending on the topic). I had a real issue choosing between writing a lifestyle blog verses a blog about a specialism such as writing but have found that because I do not particularly want to share everything in regards to my life and enjoy writing about writing, or sharing creative works it has been a natural progression towards a writing blog.

      Authenticity is so important and trying to please the masses by flogging what everyone else is by way of opinion definitely starts to show holes and/ or superficiality eventually.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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