Journalism’s Ridicule of Me

Feature articles must scream, “Read me! I’m worth your while.” Basically, such articles must be really stirring and interesting enough to readers regardless of how many words compose it. I had immediately thought of making my writings as catchy as possible to readers.  This is my goal: catchy writings for future readers.

But I have second thoughts. I doubt myself.So many shortcomings to consider like not being a native speaker of English. I know that I will never achieve such effect on readers – the catchiness of it all – if I don’t truly have the skills to write. Hard as I try, I don’t have the talent for it. But why do I still love it? Why do I still do it?

I’m just trying hard to convince myself and pretending  to be knowledgeable in writing. I give all the credit to the authors who inspire me and whose writings I get my ideas from. Their ideas make my pieces “worth reading”.

Every now and then, I hear compliments of some sort about how good my writings are. Consequently, the more compliments, the greater the weight of frustration on my part because I know that it isn’t “all me”. I feel more unconvinced of my skills (if there is any at all).

Should I therefore stop dreaming of becoming a good writer? Should I continue lying to myself and say, “Hey, you really got what it takes to be a writer.”

The more I pursue this course in Journalism, the more I fear of the possible unraveling of a sad and unfortunate truth – that I don’t really know how to write. I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m wondering: Am I in the right “tunnel”?

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