My Opinion: Write the Damn Story

Browsing through Pinterest, I saw a click-baity looking post entitled “Is Your Story Worth Writing? How to Find Out Before You Write a First Draft”. Sigh. I can’t let it go. Read the rest of this short, soap-box of a blog post if you want to know more about my opinion – which is clearly stated in the title…

Write. The. Damn. Story.

Who exactly, other than the author, can determine if a story is “worth” writing? Worth what?

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”

William Faulkner

I firmly believe this with all of my heart.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: I write because I have to.

I don’t know how else to be. And I know I’m not the only writer to admit it.

No one can tell you whether or not your story is worth writing. Only you can decide that. Maybe someone can tell you whether or not your story is likely to be optioned for a blockbuster film or published by the latest and greatest mainstream publisher. But no one, I repeat, no one can tell you whether or not you should write it.

Writing is a deeply personal journey and for some can be more therapeutic than the world’s best psychotherapists. It is an art, a form of self-expression, a way to cope with the horrors of life, a means to express the things you can’t bear to say out loud.

So, to piggyback off of Mr. Faulkner – let the story out.

One thought on “My Opinion: Write the Damn Story

  1. Spot-on post, Jessica! I never would have finished my book last year if I kept struggling with the what-ifs… and now I’m working on book number two, while sharing chapters from the first book on my blog every week. LET THE STORY OUT!

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