The Writer As Articulator

Classic author Anaïs Nin wrote, “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” 

Have you ever considered that what comes to us naturally – writing – is quite difficult for most people? All of us know those who have a lot going on inside but cannot express it in words. Consequently, they feel dissatisfied, unfulfilled, or even desperate. They are looking to give meaning to the myriad emotions and thoughts within them. They want to say what needs to be said, but they don’t know how. 

To such people especially, we are instruments of God to be used to bring healing and relief. Through our gift of words, non-writers identify with us and find a venue for their own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. 

Have you considered even more that this writing gift has been given to us to put into words what God wants to express? Jesus is no longer on earth in physical form. He has commissioned us, His Body, to be His writing hands. He has sent Holy Spirit to help us. 

Holy Spirit is now the only Person of the Trinity on this earth. It is He Who will put the Father’s words into our hearts so that we can put them on paper for all to read (Habakkuk 2:2). 

Today, remember to write not what everyone can say but what others are unable to say.

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  1. Hi Mary Ann –

    Great post. It reminds me of a young man I know. He’s very talented, and has a sharp mind. Sometimes he finds it hard to understand all of us ordinary mortals, who don’t have the same gifting.

    As writers, we can be guilty of taking our talent for granted. While writing takes a lot of commitment and hard work, we’re blessed God’s given us that ability.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

    February 27, 2009 at 11:16 AM