Words fail me…

The problem with trying to write is the inherent self-doubt you have, the fear that whatever emotion you are feeling, you will never be able to express eloquently.

And I suppose this is a feeling that everyone encounters at some point in their lives. When you try to tell someone that you love them. When you have to make an appeal to someone to change their ways, or to agree to side with you. When you have to speak in memory of somebody. We all feel unequal at times to expressing what we feel inside – that somehow, we do not have sufficient skill with language to help people to feel what we feel, see what we see.

It is a sensation people will encounter only rarely. But if you write, it’s a daily problem. I can see in my mind’s eye that this character’s heart is breaking – but how the hell do I get that point of view across? Or I can imagine a beautiful sunset over the ocean, but can I describe it to others so they can see it as vividly as I can?

But you have to keep plugging away at the words, and try your best. At these times I get especially jealous of lyricists. In three, maybe four minutes of a song, they can evoke a range of emotions, memories and visions that leave me breathless. Strip away the music, and the lyrics are still poignant, funny, heartbreaking.

There are a few songs like that running through my playlists, songs whose lyrics get under my skin, touch my heart, and which make me marvel at how well the sentiment is caught by the lyric.

And I can only hope that someday I’ll have that effect on someone with my words.

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4 thoughts on “Words fail me…”

  1. However, writing lyrics is fiendishly difficult… I would rather have pages to say something, and not have to come up with rhyming couplets, AND not then have to set the bloomin’ thing to music…

    Quote Rachel – ‘If you’re writing a novel, you’re allowed to have one or two crap sentences… If you’re writing a song…’ Truer words have rarely been spoken.

  2. True, I’m forgetting how much blood sweat and tears have to go in to the economy of language in a song.

    It’s just they make it looks so damn easy!

  3. It depends why you’re writing Paul…although I have long harboured dreams of literary fame, the harsh reality is that only a very few (Lucky)new writers actually make it ( unless you happen to be a celebrity who can guarantee sales)So to earn a living writing could turn the creative process into a chore since any commissions may be purely commercial and often call upon you to write with your head and not your heart. In these cases it will be horrendously difficult to write of your best, or even choose the right words…BUT…when your heart dictates creativity, your story, your words, your sentences and your paragraphs will appear almost mystically on the screen..AND…they will convey precisely the emotions you felt as you battered the keys. This does not mean you will be commercially successful but all you can do is tell your story in your own voice…whether you are commercially successful is acedemic since the very fact of conveying your emotions in print is reward enough…

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