I can put together words so that they sound nice. I can't write. Why?
August 7, 2014 11:26 AM Subscribe
All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good.
posted by marsbar77 to Writing & Language (25 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of things for MeFi to chew on that might explain my diificulties- that is, my inability to form original thought in any arena- literary, scientific, cultural, etc.
- I was never a reader. The reasons for this are many and could, (and probably will) motivate a doozy of a future Ask Whatever talent I ostensibly had came from this weird ability to absorb what souded good to the educated ear. That's why classroom essays and emails seem to be my forte.
- I was always an emotional dude, but never felt the need to " get anything out" until late in life, and then it was like pulling teeth. There never seemed to be a consistent internal voice or worldview that I could put to paper.
- I always make what seem like "obvious" arguments in my writing. I'm a great bullshit artist though, and can extend these for pages.
- I can never motivate myself to finish anything labor-intensive. Ever.
- I could never bring myself to be about anything. I like the idea of ____ but spending entire chunks of my life doing/thinking about ___ bores and depresses me to tears. I'm funny, but I don't know if I have what it takes to be a pop culture blogger. I like science, but get intimidated seeing what something like medical writing involves.
What can I do to find my voice, monetize it and express myself -whoever that may be- in a fulfilling way. Thoughts, hivemind?
Please try to stay away from the suggestion that I might not actually enjoy writing. This line of thought might have merit on my bad days, but the rare moments of writerly lucidty I do have are satisfying enough that I know I want to try this out for at least the next few years, if I can get to a good place.