When Your Words Meet Silence

As writers, we fear people reading our words, yet we also want to be read.

Helen Redfern

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Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash

One of the biggest issues that I struggle with as a writer and creative is the fear of judgement. The fear of what people think of the work I do: criticism, trolling, and being misunderstood is often what I expect and I mentally prepare myself for. It can stop me from putting my words out there into the world, it can prevent me from creating and sharing my work.

In the creative membership group I run we have a saying to combat this:

No-one cares.

No-one is watching, no-one is listening —so put your words out there into the world as it doesn’t matter.

And this is great advice. No-one cares about your work and your writing as much as you do. This is your time to experiment, to try different mediums, to uncover your writing voice because it doesn’t matter, no-one cares.

And this has been sound advice. It’s enabled many of us to take a step out of our comfort zones and take a chance with our writing and creativity.

But what happens when you’re hoping for a reaction? When you’ve worked hard on a project and you are so incredibly excited to share it with the world?

What happens then when, literally, no-one cares?

The silence that hits you once an initial flurry of interest (if you’re lucky) dies down is hard to deal with. You can advertise that you’ve done something special and thrilling (for you) through social media channels and it feels like no-one could give a damn.

That silence is like a brick wall. You feel yourself running up against it every time you tweet, post a reel or share an Instagram story.

You’re trying to break through into peoples’ consciousness and it’s hard work. You’re shoulder-barging that wall and it ain’t budging.

The reason you’re barging that wall is you’re a writer and, despite the doubts, fears and insecurities you still want to be read. You still want your voice to be heard.

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Helen Redfern

Notebook addict, writer and mentor. Helping creatives struggling with confidence around their writing and creativity. helenredfernwriter.com