Bleeding at my typewriter…

Writer life

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” But what happens, when you can’t bleed? You cut yourself a million times, you see the scars, you feel the pain, yet not a drop of blood flows. What happens when all your blood is gone, and you’re just a lump of mass? What about when you feel so dead inside? What about when everything is trapped inside you, but your skin got so thick with all the endurance that not even the sharpest sword can pierce you? What about then? How do you write when your own words betray you? How do you find words when you’ve lost yourself?

Fuck you, Hemingway, for painting such an easy picture! Words don’t come that easy.

To all the writers for whom writing is more than just or a hobby or a passion, but also a profession…
To the people who have to find words even when they have lost themselves…
To those brilliant writers who have to paint a beautiful happy day while there’s a storm raging in their lives and minds…
I salute you. Each and every one of you.

120 thoughts on “Bleeding at my typewriter…

  1. I am so feeling this right now. I have so much to say, my thoughts are everywhere, yet I cannot find the words to write. It’s truly frustrating and definitely not an easy thing to do to force yourself to bleed what apparently doesn’t want to come out. Awesome and heartfelt post! 👏👏👏

    1. Thank you so much, Brandi. I’m really sad that you could relate to this one. I hope you’ll feel better soon. Sending you loads of love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. I really wished you didn’t feel it too. I hope writing comes easily to the both of us. Sending you loads and loads of love. ❤️❤️❤️

      1. Yes I wish the same for us. I feel like the pressure of writing makes me do what i really don’t want to.
        It gets crazy sometimes . One just need to maintain the pace. Loads of love and hugs to you too ❤️❤️🤍🤍🤗

  2. Wonderfully written. And so true. When you want to write something so badly, want to express your emotions, and it just wouldn’t come out! Really nice Shreya❤
    Thankfully I have dance to help me in these moments😉😁
    Love and hugs💕

    1. So glad you like it. And I’m even happier than dance helps you. I guess I gotta dance too. 😝
      Love and hugs to you too. ♥️♥️♥️🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘💕💕💕
      Take care!

  3. If writing is no longer your hobby, quit. Those who make money writing are lucky – they make money slowly bleeding out. And if you can no longer bleed, you listen to music, for music goes to deep for your reason, but deep enough for your emotions. And once you’ve found the right music for you, you’ll bleed the Niagara falls.

      1. True… You’re always so knowledgeable. Thank you so much! I guess I’m taking a break from posting daily, writing only when words come to me. Not chasing it. 😬🙈🙈🙈

      2. If you do, I have to say, I’ll miss it! But with just authors I feel the better work appears when the words come to them, instead of when the words are chased… Take your time.

  4. I think that’s what he actually meant by bleeding though. When the words won’t come, when there’s a million other things you’d rather do, when you think everything you write is shit, you just sit down and do it anyway.

    Thanks for this piece!

    1. Thank you so much, Stuart for your perception. I’m glad you liked it. I hope you stay with me through my blogging journey. Loads of love. ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  5. I know this pain and your beautiful words share yours so genuinely. These are hard moments for any writer. When the words don’t flow like rain water off a tile roof. Put the need to write aside for the moment. Focus on just being in the moments and let your feelings and imagination run wild without the need to capture it in words. Be patient, and the words will always return to you. I will patiently love you no matter how quiet it gets! ❤❤

      1. I’m posting something tomorrow. I’m back. Not as active as before. But I’m back. I missed you. Love you so much! <3 <3

  6. Beautiful post! This is one of my favorite quotes but you are so right. Writing is not easy all the time. We can’t always expect blood but we can expect the cuts.

  7. I have found that having a structure in place works well. I don’t always produce anything that I immediately see has value. Yet, there is, long term value that rises from seemingly random writing. So I write during my scheduled times. I agree with you, I admire those of us who write and in involved in self expression knowing that the recipients are unknown. Thanks for this post.

  8. Hey Shreya i hope everything okay, I could sense something nasty you might be going through or it’s just your writing skills that made me think that.. well truly for all those who have writing more than anything.. striving through other things, it really matters. just good luck to us for the future

      1. The pleasure is mine. Also I saw the last poem of yours. Dunno but if it’s only a work of literature then it’s awesome! If its something you’re writing out of real life, I hope you’re better now. Take care

      1. Okay so far, but it’s really hot here today. You looking for some prompts> I have a link I can share with you, as soon as I find it.

  9. Sometimes we do run out of words to write , happened to me for years , but the important thing is the words we haven’t written , we’ve lived to the fullest. Take care.

  10. Hi Shreya! I hope you are feeling better. Missing you and your poems❤ Sending you lots of love and hugs dear. Hope you feel well soon💕
    Ishita🌹

    1. I’m back Ishita. I’ll start posting from tomorrow. Don’t expect a big bang amazing post entry though. I’m just crawling back to the blogging world. Thank you so much for the love and support you keep showing me. Sending loads and loads of love back to you. <3 <3 <3 How have you been?

      1. That’s great to know Shreya❤❤ I’ll just be happy to read a new post from you, doesn’t have to be a “big bang amazing” post😁
        I have been well Shreya, thanks for asking💖❤

        xoxoxoxoxo…

      2. I haven’t been reading your blogs… I’ll read it tonight and tomorrow. I was like totally out of WP for the past few days… 🤗🤗😘😘♥️♥️

      3. Take your time, hon💖 I noticed your absence, of course. But don’t worry, read whenever you have time, and just remember to TAKE CARE❤❤

        Love you💕
        Ishita

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