I have days when I have a hard time writing. There are times when I want to put something on the paper, but nothing comes out. I think that most people can relate to experiencing this type of writer’s block, and as a result, the advice I presented on Monday might seem to be a little intimidating. I suggested that if your particular perspective is not been presented and you want it to be, you need to get writing. Just like I began this website to share my perspective on a wide variety of issues from a Christian worldview, you have the opportunity to do the same with your worldview.
It can be hard to do that though because getting ideas from our minds to the paper is sometimes easier said than done. I’ve had plenty of times where I know what I want to say, but I have a hard time articulating those thoughts. Maybe that is where you find yourself. Maybe you have these ideas and perspective that you feel need to be presented, but you are not confident in your ability to get that information on the paper.
Writing in public can of course be a frightening experience because you want to make sure that you get your ideas across accurately. Sometimes your audience is less than forgiving if you fail to communicate your point well or precisely.
However, if you find yourself in that position where you’re having a hard time getting what you want to say on paper either because of a type of writer’s block or out of fear of how your audience will respond, I think that my advice would still be the same.
I wish that everything I ever wrote was brilliant. I think that if you have read this website very much, you know much of my writing is not brilliant. However, what I will say is that my writing has gotten better. If you read the first blog I started early in my college career, I think I had a few decent pieces, but they really were not all that good most of the time. I only got better because I kept writing. I became more comfortable with language, and I learned how to put my thoughts on paper more effectively. I didn’t always know what to write about, but I wrote anyway.
To be fair, very few people read that blog, so I really was not the target of much criticism. However, I wasn’t afraid that people might criticize me. Instead, I put my thoughts out there. I put my ideas to paper and decided that it was worth trying to get my perspective into the marketplace of ideas. I wasn’t great at it, but I got better.
I know I still have a very long way to go as a writer, but I could provide you some pretty solid evidence that I am much better than I used to be. I only got better because I took a risk and decided to write. That’s what you need to do as well if you really think that your perspective is not represented well by me or by anyone else. You cannot let your nerves get the best of you. Rather, you need to work at your craft so that your ideas can get out there and this perspective that you believe is important will be articulated.