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If You Don't Write Something, How Do You Expect Others to Read It?

A nudge on the most obvious from one writer to another

By Jasmine AguilarPublished about a month ago 3 min read
If You Don't Write Something, How Do You Expect Others to Read It?
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You haven’t written another chapter of that book you've been writing. You intend to write another poem for that poetry collection you've been working on, but you never do.

As a matter of fact, you haven’t written anything for a while, but at the same time, you want people to read your work. Maybe you even secretly wish that the words inside your note book or that word document on your laptop will magically materialize and your stories will write themselves as highly unlikely you know that sounds.

This might sound the most obvious. I know it sounds obvious to me, but if you don’t write something, how on earth are others going to read it?

Write something then share it!

Writing Is Easier Said Than Done

As much as us writers say we love to write, we're not going to feel like writing every waking hour of every day. At least most of us aren't. It's just unrealistic and at worst, can lead to burnout.

I know we all get busy in this thing called life. I’ve had times where I haven’t written anything for almost a week. A month! Either because I was busy with other things, was sick and had no energy or desire to even look at a screen, or I simply didn’t know what to write about.

I’m giving myself a side-eye right now, because there’s always something to write about even amongst the monotony of life.


I remember one such incident where a former sales manager of mine found some product just sitting in the back of the stock room. None of it was put out on the sales floor.

“How are we going to sell this if its not on the floor and no one sees it?”

Unless a customer asks if there’s such a product in the back that they’re specifically looking for, it’s not going to get sold because no one will ever see it.


The same is true with writing and sharing your stories.

Just think of your creative mind as a store’s back stock room. You have a brilliant story idea. It sits in your mind as you gather more ideas of what to make out of it.

You have everything you need to write your story or article: key points for the plot of your story and its characters and the research if its a non fiction.

You have the arsenal you need to transform mere words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs that will eventually flow into a whole wonderous story. A writer's work of art.

But you never do. The idea just stays there lying dormant and if you never act on it, the story idea will disintegrate from your mind and be long forgotten. It will never have the opportunity to become something more.

That alone is a rather depressing thought.

How are you going to sell something that’s hidden in the back of a store's stock room?

How are people going to read something you’ve never written? An idea that’s only hidden within your mind?

Just write because there will always be that possibility that your writings will inspire others. Even just that one person.

This is a constant reminder for me because I have more than a few story ideas taking up space in my mind. I’d love for people to read them but they can’t if I don’t write and share them! It would be an absolute tragedy if I let them disappear forever and no one ever got the opportunity to read them.


About the Creator

Jasmine Aguilar

Fascinated by pop culture and its effect on society... movies, music, books.. and pretty much anything.

I love writing and write a little bit of everything including a science fiction WIP!


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  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    I wish more people heard this advice. Basic, but true. Get your work out there...!

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