By SYRINE GLADYS PODADERA
There are so many reasons why I write. I have a love-hate relationship with words and I love it every time a great idea pop up while I’m in the shower or when I wake up randomly in the middle of the night. But at the same time, I hate it because it’s so difficult to find the right words to express all the overflowing emotions.
Writing has its own thorns and it’s a painful yet fulfilling art. Every time I write, the goal has always been to express myself.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” they say. I completely, definitely, and wholeheartedly agree. A written work couldn’t and shouldn’t be judged by syntax alone. If you really want to appreciate and understand the value of the craft, you have to look at its entirety. Most of all, you have to know the intention.
Why do you write? Is it to raise awareness? To cultivate passion? To instigate action? Or to arouse emotions?
People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care. It’s very easy to bombard your readers with facts but at the end of the day, the knowledge they’ve gained is not enough to fuel actions. You need to connect on a personal level and when you do, the rest is history.
Writing is a painful process and it’s hard work. It’s so frustrating to put your myriad ideas into coherent thoughts and to find the right words that would sit on paper for others not just to read but also feel. It’s almost impossible to write something decent in one sitting. No award-winning or published article was written just once and poof! It’s done. No, Shakespeare. It doesn’t happen like that.
Truth be told, it takes tons of brainstorming, revisions, and editing before you come up with something worth reading. And every time you read your work, you will find mistakes again and again. Some ideas are repetitive, some are irrelevant. I’ve had my fair share of endless revisions for the last 12 years and the process has always been messy.
But even though writing can be draining and frustrating, it’s worth it. Sure, I get tired every now and then but I still choose to continue because whenever I’m writing, I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not. I get to know more about myself when I write. I find out about the things that annoy, inspire, and push me to continue. I reveal pieces of myself through all my works.
They say that whenever you feel lost, always go back to what you love. That is your home. We have different talents and as long as we use them to inspire others to become better and to strive harder, we are not wasting our gifts.
I hope someday, I can use this talent to positively influence lives and create an impact in other people’s hearts. That would make me the happiest. Nothing more, nothing less.
Syrine Gladys Podadera is the founder of The Diarist Projects. By starting this online platform, she hopes to encourage aspiring writers to share their talents and inspire others.