Greg Rolfe

1 year ago · 2 min. reading time · ~100 ·

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The writers struggle

The writers struggle

I must admit to an unsettled morning. Not one full of frustration just one filled with thoughts that are perhaps unjust. My attempt to place one thought in front of another has become a complete waste of time, as no coherent series has arisen out of the turmoil of my mind. To what do I attribute this spiral of empty traction, what can I blame for my mind being full yet completely empty? Oh, I have topics of blame to fill pages yet are any truly to blame? I honestly expect not.

So why does my mind cast about for ideas that gain traction? Wheels turning and turning yet nothing results from all my effort. Empty words strung one to another yet no value results, Empty thoughts combined to produce empty words. No encouragement, no hope offered, no blessings given, just empty words strewn across the page.

This is truly what I feel when reading most of what I read today. People struggling to find words to express their thought but failing to express their hearts and meaning. So what we have to read are simply empty words struggling to express meaning. At the heart of each post or prose is a struggle to express what is truly felt and meant.

I have read powerful phrases that were proceeded and followed by half-written thoughts embraced by frustration. Frustration not at the issue or situation but at the utter lack of ability to find the words to express their point.

For many, this is hardly news as those of us who have struggled to write have always searched for the words to place on the page, in what often appears to be a vain struggle to express our thoughts and transmit our passion. Perhaps that is why there are so few writers who have been called great, those few who at one time or another were able to catch that rare moment in time where the thoughts of their hearts were permitted to be expressed on the page, heart, and mind working as one, finding the exact phrase that is able to reveal the true intent of the passion and in that one glorious moment place it on the page.

To have that one powerful phrase followed not by an empty series of words but instead a second phrase that sets the world on fire. Is that not why many of us struggle to write? To produce that one page that actually reproduces our passion regardless of our topic.

Most of us are not attempting to produce an epic, we are simply struggling to produce a point properly placed in words.

May the Lord guide you as you search for the words to say and the perfect way to express it.



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Ken Boddie

1 year ago #13

Paul Walters

1 year ago #12

Paul Walters

1 year ago #11

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #10

Ken I expect you have a point there. I will place more effort into the topic search. Thank you for the idea.

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #9

Writing these days, Greg, and finding the right words to express what we feel or wish to say, has become so much easier with internet access to synonyms and antonyms, etc. I find that any writer’s ‘block’ is more associated with finding the right subject matter which raises enough passion to kick off the due process. .

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #8


Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #7

are we talking about the same guy here :-) Many thanks Greg

John Rylance

1 year ago #6

Personally I would say this piece has substance, your words express exact,y how you feel. My Mother swore by syrup of figs, Andrews liver salts, or prunes, which she said were like missionaries who did great works in dark places, to shift blockages. But not all at once, otherwise instead of writers block you will have a case of verbal diarrhoea.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #5

Pascal Derrien in some of your posts I have seen a glimmer of something far above average. You use words in fantastic sequences that often show a door beyond the meaning placed on the page. Honestly, that is why I read and look forward to your work.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #4

Alas no I have not, I have been unable to write anything of substance for months now. I keep trying hoping that simple endurance will overpower this obvious lack of talent. But only time will tell. Now that is one true writer's block!! Wow!

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #3

I have zero problems with average. Without average there is no amazing and intent to provoke thought or drive the point is vastly admirable. But the aligning of the stars, that one moment of brilliance is the prize.

John Rylance

1 year ago #2

This may cheer you up. Carlyle Mansions a block of flats in London's Chelsea could boast a varying times the following. At No 19 T S ELIOT No 20 ERSKIN CHILDERS No 21 HENRY JAMES (who said of the flat this haven of sage and seagull) No 24 Is where IAN FLEMING wrote CASINO ROYALE No 27 SOMERSET MAUGHAM Estate agents alledgedly referred to it as 'Writer's Block. This info was found in the Times Newspapers Diary page today. Have you rediscovered your muse yet?

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

How far one go with their thoughts is probably a question of inhibition or lack of ? Sometimes the stars are aligned and sometimes it does not work . A lot of average stuff out there including mine I suppose but I guess if the intent is genuine thats forgiven :-)

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