DEAR FACEBOOK WRITER

DEAR FACEBOOK WRITER – By Dhee Sylvester

Dear Facebook Writer,
Perhaps it’s counterproductive for you to consistently ask me if writing can make you feel good because you’ll only end up doubting its importance on the basis that I said it can’t.
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But when I said that, what I meant was that writing won’t necessarily take away the fact you’re hurt, frustrated, broke, or angry, but that what it can do, is make you forget all these things by presenting itself as an escape from which you can explore and experience more pleasant feelings regardless of how temporal these feelings might prove to be.
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Unlike you though, the question I always ask myself is, does writing make me feel bad or worse? And the answer is always the same: no it doesn’t. I know writing doesn’t make me feel bad or worse because I’ve never read something I wrote that made me feel like a clown at my own circus. This doesn’t mean everything I write is good, but that nothing I write is disappointing enough for me to feel bad after writing it.
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You once told me how you expected more of yourself this year, and how when you think about the future you’re scared you might struggle to survive. I remember telling you how I feel the same, and how sometimes I go to bed at night telling myself I’m going to quit writing when I wake.
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But the truth is, you have a better chance of succeeding as a writer than me even if I might write better than you. You have two things I never had at your age: the courage to think beyond the appreciation of your words, and the means to connect with those who’re in the right position to guide your growth.
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When I was your age, I was writing football thinking I was going to be the next Iain Macintosh. 9 years later, the closest I’ve come to being the next Iain Macintosh is a mail from him telling me how my football articles were like short stories.
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I read that mail and then said to myself, if Iain Macintosh thinks I could write better fiction than I write football, then perhaps I should give it a shot. If I hadn’t taken commendation from the condemnation of someone who was like a mentor to me, I wouldn’t have thought of writing the stories you read that made you think I could be your mentor.
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A few days ago you sent me messages on WhatsApp talking about how much I inspire you, and a part of me wanted to tell you I have no idea what it means to even inspire myself. I thought against saying that because I felt you might never understand, but when you said you hope to one day write as good as me, I couldn’t resist the need to tell you that kind of mentality is why you might never make it as a writer. I’m not even as good as I need to be, so why do you think I’ll be proud to know you just want to be as good as me? Stop that.
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I appreciate the respect you have for me, but I’ll appreciate it more if you can challenge yourself to be better than me. I know you’re capable of doing that because you’ve shown it by the quality of work you’ve written so far. But I want you to believe in your art more, I want you to learn from the shortcomings of writers like me who might never make it, and I want you to stop thinking that you need 100 reactions on your posts to know you’re making the right kind of impact.
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Lastly, stop sweating on love, because one day you’ll eventually meet that special someone who feels honored to be loved by you, and who loves you back because you represent far more than they can imagine. But for now, I’ll suggest you concentrate on making your passion a rewarding profession, and when you’re done, you can then start thinking of adding pleasure to your expanding portfolio of success. That’s how the greats do it, and I wish you all the best as you seek to achieve the same.
Yours Sincerely,
A friend you shouldn’t call a mentor

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DEAR FACEBOOK WRITER

By Dhee Sylvester

Dear Facebook Writer,

Perhaps it’s counterproductive for you to consistently ask me if writing can make you feel good because you’ll only end up doubting its importance on the basis that I said it can’t. 

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