Every Atheist Needs: A Break

typewriterI am a writer.

I may not be the best writer. I may not even be a writer you like. I could be the worst writer you’ve ever come across…

I shit the bed at grammar. Sometimes I overlook typos in an eagerness to finish up. I write run-ons and streams of consciousnesses that would horrify any literature professor.

I get comments and emails and tweets that tell me I suck. I get called names and am picked apart by all types.

Sometimes, I hate my own fucking writing.

Sometimes, I read what I posted and cringe.

But I never stop. I can’t stop. I am not capable of stopping.

That shit post? It’ll be pushed down the front page of my blog by newer, better posts.

The hecklers? I’d like to see them write something half as entertaining as I can, and if they can, well, then I’ve found a new writer to read.

The grammar nazis, spelling patrol and run-on rangers? If technicalities made the artist, we would never have enjoyed Picasso, Kerouac or Bluegrass.

I am a writer. Sometimes, I need to take a step back and look in the mirror and remind myself that I am not in it to please anyone but myself. Sometimes, I need to take a break and catch my breath and remember why the fuck I do this.

I do this, because if I didn’t, I simply would not be able to live.

Sorry I’ve been a little distant lately. I just needed a little break. Mommy’s back.

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  • Twoolf

    Its much better to write anything, than not at all. No one other than snooty critics should demean the creative efforts of another. The simple fact of making the effort makes it worth a look, if not careful consideration. Some writers are excellent to the point of sometimes being hard to read (Hitchens sometimes fit that description but I absorbed his essays like a sponge). Others, like the author of a self published ebook I just finished, had a great vocabulary, but had atrocious sentence structure. I read it none the less because I wanted to hear what he had to say, and it was interesting, if somewhat sophomoric. None the less, the time was well spent and I was enriched despite his lack of mastering the craft.

    If I were you, I’d just tell the critics to fuck off, and keep on keeping on.


  • Mark

    Thanks for this!
    I failed english … now I feel better.

    again …. please!
    are you able to put two columns of text side by side?
    If not I’ll arrange it some other way … it’s almost finished.

  • Virtual Atheist

    You add colour to the world.

    Don’t stop.


    • Thanks Andy 🙂 When do I get a new guest post from ya?

      • Virtual Atheist

        Say the word.

        Got some ideas bubbling away 🙂

  • Brad Larsen

    ALL writers suck and cringe at their own stuff. All that I’ve read on writing tells me they all hate their own stuff a lot of times, and even books that are popular. That’s why they have editors. Never stop!!