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Jake’s song of the day:

I write about a lot of things, in case anyone didn’t know. I feel like it’s time I actually wrote about myself.

I know most people don’t like reading, at all. That’s OK; it’s completely understandable. However, I think reading is just as important having a discussion with someone, only that you’re the listener and the author is the storyteller. The real struggle, especially for me, since I’m an aspiring writer, is that there aren’t a lot of listeners.

I’m not forcing anyone to read; I’m not going to complain like a little whiny-butt; I just think it’s highly necessary that people know what it’s like when someone takes a certain interest, put most his whole life into it, and not get any recognition for it whatsoever. I’ve always had an interest in writing stories. What’s definitely odd about it is the fact that I never thought that, my ongoing interest for it, would last for well over 14 years. As a kid, I always wondered what it would be like to see my own imaginations come to life.

As I watched movies, such as Star Wars, I’ve always found it extremely appalling that his or hers imaginations have come to life. So much hard work was put into it and it astounded me. That’s what inspired me to become a writer, in the first place.

The challenge that I face most, when I’m writing, is not just Writers’ Block, but the lack of support, recognition, and the credit that I sincerely feel like I deserve. Not getting support from the people who I care about most really hurts, but the same excuse always follows:

“I don’t like reading.”

I get it.

Not a lot of people don’t like reading. A whole majority of the people I know absolutely despise it. The thing that bothers me the most is that none of them give my writings a chance, let alone a glimpse. I’ve been writing short stories for so many years of my life. I’ve also been writing for a local company, which grants me the wish I’ve always wanted: to be a published writer. It’s fun to write, but it’s not fun being the only one who knows what his writings are even about. Knowing that I’m the only one out of my friends, family, even at The Arbiter, to write short stories constantly, I still can’t help but feel like nobody cares. People write all the time, but writing is something that means very dear to me. I’m sure many others can relate.

However, I’ve realized, throughout my journey of writing, that I have to expect the unexpected. I will take this lacking of support and recognition and simply turn it into fuel, fuel to keep moving forward. This is the biggest challenge, in my writing, that I have ever faced and I will probably be facing it for the remaining years of my writing experiences. I’m going to keep writing, not matter what it takes, even when zero people put in the time to take a gander at my work.

This is a challenge, but I will never allow it to become a conflicting obstacle.

Furthermore, I would love to thank those who HAVE supported me. You have no idea how much it means to me. I sincerely thank you very much.


Jacob Arasim

About Jake Arasim (0 Articles)
Hey, dudes! My name is Jacob Arasim and, well, I love telling fiction, for the most part! I've been writing and illustrating my own stories/books ever since I was 5 and I never plan to stop! I love to write about comedy, sci-fi, horror, adventure, and sometimes "icky-romantics." I am majoring in English, with a Creative Writing emphasis, along with a Theatre Arts minor. I am 19 years-old, I like to be a goof, I love meeting new people, eating macaroni 'n' cheese, and just having a good time. I also enjoy lovely music bands such as the Pixies, Jack White, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Nirvana, White Stripes, The Cure, Rage Against the Machine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, the list goes on! I also enjoy watching the Evil Dead and Harry Potter Movies, reading books, listening to records, going on runs, and just being a cool cat. Speaking of cats, I really LOVE CATS! That is all, enjoy my blog, and I appreciate you reading. Stay awesome!

1 Comment on MY CHALLENGE IN WRITING by Jacob Arasim

  1. Hi Jake! As ALSO an aspiring writer, I understand your feelings that you are not being acknowledged. Oftentimes, no one realizes how long it takes to put together a piece of writing, and once it's finished, it isn't paid as much attention to because it isn't as easy to consume as a movie or a song. However, I think you are in a great place to write and truly get a lot out of it! Writing for the Arbiter and the local company you write for, plus being an English major give you a lot of opportunities to hone your craft and offer you a platform to showcase your work on. In an educational environment, I think people are much more receptive to both writing and to giving people some attention and feedback for the work that they do. You are in a great place for being so young! All you have to do now is continue to write write write write write. People with passion are harder to ignore, and the more furiously you write, the more people won't be able to resist paying attention to you! I think your blogs are great, keep it up. 🙂

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