“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ~Anais Nin
How true is this? Well actually it’s very true. As readers we don’t want to be told what we already know. Now do we? We want to be made to think, feel, understand things we can’t express coherently. At least I do. Do you?
As a writer it is our job to not tell people what they want to hear. No, no, no, absolutely not. It is our job to impact their life. Make them think, feel, and understand something they might never have thought of. Something they can’t express.
We should pour our heart and soul out onto the page of a book, article, etc. Lay our heart out open, vulnerable, tender, innocent. Quite often we, as people, hide. We hide ourselves and give people what they want to see or hear. In writing that’s not our job. It is our job to lay ourselves open and express ourselves in ways no one else can convey. To not say what our readers want to hear. Don’t be that shallow. Make them think and understand and care about something they might never have thought of.
Don’t write shallow things with nothing to be learned from. Say what no one else can say.