He writes,writes,writes and writes but why?

Sri Lanka
February 15, 2012 10:03pm CST
I had this classmate during my schooling days who writes,writes,writes and writes.when the teacher is occupied with some work or when the teacher has to leave the class for some reason and/or during such instances he begins to write.He writes novels in most instances.But the most surprising thing about him is the fact that he hates all that he has written.He writes very interesting stories and even poems which make me think that he is the next Shakespeare.I once asked him "why not publish your novels?".But unfortunately he remained in his decision not to publish as he was not satisfied.I can't still figure out why he hate his work so much.Even today I sit down and ponder about the mystery behind this. What do you think about this? Have you come across a similar person like this before?
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• Lenox, Georgia
16 Feb 12
Maybe he is a perfectionist. They want everything to be perfect in their eyes and if they do not think its perfect then its no good to them. If a lot of people tell him its really good maybe he will finally believe it one day...
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• United States
16 Feb 12
I hadn’t thought about that Loving. That may be a real stumbling block for some people. We might like our work, but we might not think other people will like it as much as we do, and we might even start picking our work apart and not being satisfied with it. I know I was that way with my books of poetry… but I published them even if they weren’t perfect to anyone else.
• Lenox, Georgia
16 Feb 12
Thanks for the best response! PQ: Yeah, I know so many people that have beautiful work no matter what it is and because they do not think its good enough they do nothing with it. My husband does amazing artwork but He doesn't think its good enough. Therefore it will probably not get him anywhere. =( Ultimately you need your own approval before anyone else's.
@runi1024 (126)
• United States
16 Feb 12
There are many people who write for enjoyment. It seems to me that he could be a really amazing writer and not believe in himself. I have a friend who a few weeks ago published a book, he is a really confindent person and when I opened his book I'm ashamed to say that it really wasn't all that impressive. It could be a good thing that he is not publishing what he writes. Eventually he could save up enough material to produce a series which really do make an author more refutable than just a single book. But to each his own...
• Morocco
16 Feb 12
I share the same idea with you, i think that there is a lot of people who like to write not for earning money, but to enjoy theirselves. The reason that i see in this teacher is that he refuge to writing instead of working in teaching.
• United States
16 Feb 12
Lots of people write for the enjoyment of writing. Writing is an escape from reality sometimes, and also writing is a way to come to terms with something. Oftentimes, the writing is just for the writer’s eyes only… kind of like a baby is yours to keep and enjoy and you don’t want too many people to get into your head and tarnish anything. However, sometimes people decide their work is good enough to stand on its own and are willing to publish to let the world into your head.
• Sri Lanka
16 Feb 12
Well as far as I know that's not his case.He hates his own work.His friends around him are also stunned his reaction over his own work.
@Lucas818 (377)
16 Feb 12
I think.. Why not you help him to publish his work? Try to get his agreement and send his work to any competition, newspaper column, magazines etc; Maybe somebody will like his work and perhaps his life will change afterwards. :)
• Sri Lanka
16 Feb 12
I've already tried that.I've encouraged him by telling him how beautiful his novels are and by promising to stand by him(To help him get his books published).I'm pretty sure that if his books were published it would have even been a better hit than Harry Potter by J.K.Rowlin.
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
16 Feb 12
Maybe it is the genius in him, never quite satisfied , maybe it will take something in the future like an offered contract or someone of importance to wake him up and see his work for what it is and then maybe he is striving for something he has not reached yet...
• Sri Lanka
16 Feb 12
yeah i think that's the case with him.Anyway he seems quite convinced when I praise him and when I remind him of fame and fortune.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
31 Mar 12
Not only have I come across people that are like this, I am one of those people myself. For as long as I can remember I have been a person that loves to write, but in most instances I don't share a lot of what I have written because I am afraid that other people will not appreciate the fruits of my labor. It has been said that a writers own biggest critic is ourselves and I honestly believe that is the truth.
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
i think he writes and writes and writes because he is the type of person who finds it hard to release or express his feelings verbally.. so in the form of writing, he does it well. and i think this classmate of yours is somehow inclined with the gift of art in terms of poetry, which is very rare at the moment.. he has a very good imaginations on things and that he views it well in a different perspectives which can only be expressed through paper and a pen.. i really admire people who can write.. and if i happened to meet him, i'll salute him :0
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
5 Mar 12
Yes, I look back at him in the mirror each and every morning. The thing is with writers is that we are never satisfied about anything. I make it a rule of thumb that once something passes muster to get posted on a blog or whatever(after the sanity/spelling/grammar check), I never will re-read it ever. That way, I won’t find fault on it. And the few times that I have re-read something that I posted, I hated everything. The thing is that a lot of writers, we tend to despise pretty much everything in our life, because it has the highest expectations of what we want it to be. And when we don’t meet those overly high and perhaps you can say kind of unfair expectations, it tends to get to the point where we are just ripping into everything that we write. Trust me, if the same exact thing was written by someone other than me, I would find precisely no fault with it. But since it is written by me, it is up for scathing review.
• India
27 Feb 12
Writing is a great preoccupation for many people. Those who've got a passion for writing and perfectionists themselves will end up not satisfied with their writing.
• Philippines
26 Feb 12
I used to be a person like your old classmate. I used to write and write and write and no matter how many times my friends would tell me that I should publish my stories and I should come out of my internet pseudonym, I still don't because I'm too scared of how the world would react to my work. Maybe that's the case with your friend. Maybe he's scared of how he would be compared to the popular authors of this generation. Maybe he's scared that if he publishes, he won't really succeed after all. All he needs is a little more motivation and who knows, maybe after some time you'll see his name on the bookshelves. :D
• China
21 Feb 12
maybe what we see is just the surface of him, not the real him. after talking with him, maybe we will find that what he had done was just pretended to, not the really truth. we have to try our best to get the really truth of the stories.
@dodo19 (34295)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
18 Feb 12
Maybe he's just the sort of person to really enjoy writing. For some people, writing is an escape, a form of therapy, or something like that. It's something that this person likes to do.
@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
16 Feb 12
Hi Mahirai, most of us are the same as your classmates. Sometimes you feel the same too. Let us say that you score very well in the examination, but there are one or two questions that you feel you could have done better. Even when others are telling you how good you are, you still feel that you could have scored better, if only you get the two questions right. Your classmate is thinking that something is missing from his writing, but he just does not know what.