Every Man Should Write

“When I write I try as far as possible to forget I’m writing it at all.  I tell it down onto the page, as if I’m telling it to one person only, my best friend.”

-Michael Morpurgo

Writing is an underappreciated skill that most men abandon after their formal education is finished.  After all, who wants to write multiple page essays when they’re no longer forced to?  Yes, the modern education system is pretty effective at squashing the natural passions of many aspiring young men, but that’s a topic for another day.  Today we are going to discuss why you should pick back up your pencil and notepad and get to writing.

Writing Disciplines the Mind

Regardless what you write about, the process of writing requires a great deal of discipline.  Between ensuring that you’re using proper grammar and punctuation, fleshing out your talking points in a coherent manner, properly researching your chosen topic, and sitting down to actually write it all out, writing a paper is weightlifting for the mind!  To be quite honest, I am typically pretty drained after writing a post for AKC.  Hell, thinking of something to write most times is half the battle.

Now anyone can sit down and write 4-5 pages of garbage.  To write something truly worth reading is an art.  Someone who really cares about their craft will pour their heart and soul into their writing and still fret over hitting the publish button once they’re finished.  I’ve talked with J. Nyx about this on many occasions and we both think our own writing is garbage most times only for it to be well-received by our readers.

What You Should Write

This is really up to you, but I would encourage every man to try their hand at multiple styles.  Write fiction, non-fiction, poems, whatever you can imagine.  For the longest time, I wrote about what I knew; martial arts and red-pill topics.  Like I stated above, this was my comfort zone, but it often left me drained.  Recently, I have began trying my hand at fiction and have found the change of pace invigorating.  Instead of being tied to a regimented routine, my imagination can wander, weaving tales of suspense, heroism, and loss.

Some of you may be the exact opposite and that’s fine too.  Focus your writing on what you enjoy writing about, but occasionally set aside some time to write something that truly challenges you.

As with everything else in life, if you’re going to do it, do it right.  Write the highest quality piece you can.  The great thing about blogging is you can receive feedback from others all over the world.  If you don’t want to post your writings up for the world to see, at least find a few men who will read your works and offer a honest critique.  Don’t look for yes-men who will tell you that garbage is in fact treasures.  Find men that will challenge you to improve your writing.

“Be patient, work hard and consistently, have faith in your writing, and don’t be afraid to listen to constructive criticism.”

-Jonathan Galassi

How Often Should You Write

Ideally, you should be writing every day, even if it’s just a page or two.  Writing is like hitting the gym, or getting up earlier in the morning – it’s a habit you must must reinforce.  If you only write when you feel like it, you’ll never feel like it and you pencil and notepad will be relegated to a dusty drawer, never to be opened and used.

If sitting down and writing a lengthy piece is too daunting a task, start with a smaller goal of writing 200-300 words per day.  Write about anything you want, but just write!  As this becomes easier, slowly increase the number of words you write each day and hone in on what topic(s) you specifically want to write about.  When you find what you truly enjoy writing about, the word count won’t matter.  In fact, you’ll lose track of time as you work.  There has been many times when I have gotten so immersed in my fictional novel that I totally lost track of time and was almost late for other appointments.  Trust me, it’s a good feeling.

Conclusion

Writing, even if it’s just a personal journal creates a legacy to be handed down to future generations.  It can provide valuable wisdom to others, let someone know they aren’t alone in a personal struggle they’re facing, entertain, or provoke introspection.  Even more important, it’s a powerful practice for the actual writer to sharpen their mind and improve their focus.  It’s a labor of love that is best described by one famous writer:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

-Ernest Hemingway

Author: Jak

Jak, married and father of three, seeks to help the Red-Pill Community take its next step past the petty cynicism and ineffectual anger. While he recognizes that men are significantly handicapped by the modern legal system and culture, he doesn't accept that traditional marriage is untenable in today's social climate. Rather, men must be willing to adapt to this new world by implementing new tactics and approaches to maintaining a balance of power. Jak is here to provide you with these lessons.

183 thoughts on “Every Man Should Write”

  1. Writing is just thinking channeled into little culturally-determined marks. You don’t need the perfect desk, or a window onto a million dollar view, or the sun at just the right angle, or a cup of designer coffee in your favorite mug. All that is just preciousness.

    All you need is a strong vision.

      1. I admire that level of focus. I can barely cough up a coherent comment before losing my uh…train….
        o look a bird!

        1. the Coen Bros writing process was the two of them sitting at desks at opposite ends of a large room. they would stare at each other until an idea popped into one of their heads

          1. That’s just fukkin creepy. My brother and I would have likely just thrown shit at each other.
            But ideas are the easy part. Really working and refining them into a finished product is where the work lies.

          2. For some reason that reminds me of an old Polack joke-
            How do Polacks have oral sex?
            They stand on opposite ends of the room and yell ” fuck you!”.

      2. Be careful. One wrong move, one cross word, and that ruckus could well become a hootenanny. Then you’re in some real trouble.

  2. I write in the language of the modern day bard: powerpoint.

    these guys have the T levels of 85 yr old men. all look about 30 yrs old.

      1. hopeless romantic you are. soy boyz are real, and its becoming an epidemic if it hasnt already

          1. I was just wondering because I don’t think sentence structure, punctuation and spelling will matter much in that particular instance. She probably won’t know the difference.
            Short sentences such as ,
            “Blow me.” Should do the trick.

      1. A world in which there are no bem pics allowed is not a world I want to be a part of.

  3. A couple years ago, I stopped by an old friend’s house to say hi. After spending an hour or so there, he says “Hold on, I got something for you”…. He leaves and comes out with this book, roughly 300 pages that he wrote himself. The title was “Random Writings” It is full of short stories, quips, essays, and interesting journal entries that he compiled over the years. He has all these things that he payed someone to publish and then he gave out copies to his friends and family. Lots of it is very good and has given me insights into his life. It has inspired me to get more into the hobby.

      1. eh, Id only say it was narcissistic if there was a giant picture of himself striking a pose like some 1800s robber barron on the dustjacket

      2. Publishing ANYTHING is kinda narcissistic, aint it?
        I mean…..very few writers, artists, etc ever leave their name off of what they put out there.

      3. I could see it that way. He has tried to publish a book or two, never made back the upfront costs. Still, I think he has enjoyed creating them.

        1. Your friend was stupid. There are no upfront costs, or almost none. Self-publishing has been an extremely viable route since 2009, with global distribution to almost every venue that the major publishers distribute to.

              1. Any one of us can just compile our comments over the years and have a book to put out there. A shitty book, but one nonetheless.

                    1. jesus bloody christ Bem, where the bloody hell did you find …

                      *facepalm* … yeah i got it now, facebook.

                    2. I eschew facebook! However that makes it all the more disturbing where I came across this…which I have forgotten..

            1. There’s no excuse, in 2017, for a writer not to understand self-publishing. How to make a book cover. How to format a paper book using InDesign or any number of other programs. How to make an electronic book using Jutoh. How to distribute paper books FOR FREE via Createspace, which is print-on-demand, and Ingramspark. How to distribute ebooks at Apple, Amazon, Kobo, B&N, etc for free.

              The information is out there. A person can write and publish a book with global distribution for no more than $25. Basically zero upfront costs.

              I mean, these are things that Jim’s friend could’ve learned. But he CHOSE not to. That’s why I said he was stupid.

      4. I like to give acquaintances pictures of myself for no real reason.
        Who doesnt like receiving a picture of a handsome fella?

  4. Writing has never been something I’ve enjoyed. Never thought I was creative/prolific enough. However, I’ve noticed when I have to write a statement for something at work, even though I always intend for it to be as short as possible, somehow I always end up writing the longest, most detailed statement possible.

    1. I was that way when in school. Nothing to crush your desire to put your ideas on paper than some harpy teacher nitpicking and telling you that your sentence structure and references are not up to the MLA standards.

      1. And all that shit is utterly useless outside of school unless you want to grow up to be, you guessed it, a teacher. More so the referencing and citing nonsense than the sentence structure.

        1. I can see a need if you are going to write books and publish them, but 99.999% are never going to publish research books.

          1. So…something that essentially 100% of the US population is forced to endure during school is actually used by probably 0.5% of the total population once they’re out in the real world…Yep, sounds like a REAL efficient use of our tax dollars.

        2. I disagree. Proper sentence structure and the ability to reference and cite shit intelligently is useful in any vocation that requires communication.

      2. Absolutely. I can remember an English class where the teacher gave us a local newspaper article about a woman who immigrated illegally from Southeast Asia and opened a laundry shop in the area and also couldn’t read or write in her native language or English. We were to write about our thoughts about the article. 99.9% of the class wrote some touchy-feely garbage about being inspired by her. I wrote something to the effect of, “I’m glad she found success without being able to read or write, however I don’t understand what’s stopping her from learning and becoming a US citizen.” Had to re-write that paper or get failed.

    2. “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” – Cicero

      That’s a real quote, not a joke.

    3. I had a social studies teacher that impressed on us the importance of being able to write really wordy documents when necessary (he was a retired Army Colonel). There are times when you want to make sure you have documented something, but also want to ensure that the recipients don’t read it (i.e. TL;DR). So adding a whole bunch of additional verbiage, especially of a technical, dry and boring nature, will do just that. Say for instance you want inform management that there has been a procedural or regulatory violation in a Nuclear Power plant. But you would prefer, for whatever reason, that even though they have been informed they really still don’t know what happened.

      You take a simple one paragraph statement and turn it into eight to ten pages of legalese and technical jargon with a highly detailed and convoluted description of the issue. I have been involved in something like this more than a few times. Six months down the road when management finally discovers what happened and comes in yelling “Why didn’t you tell us about this!?”, you respond with “But we did. Right here in this document that was attached to an email to you six months ago. I have a return receipt from you.” That gets an “Oh. Yeah. I remember that now…” as they wander off. And you never hear anything more about it. One component engineer I knew, would come to me for assistance in doing this. In this case though, it actually takes more time than being concise.

  5. Writing to me is an art form akin to drawing, painting and sculpting. You are using words to express yourself rather than paint, charcoal or bronze. It’s not just about conveying an idea, but conveying an idea or story in a way that engages the reader; that makes them feel like they are there. And as the author notes, it is a mental exercise not unlike going to the gym. The longer you do it, the more it becomes second nature. But, just like lifting weights or any other physical challenge, you should always strive to improve your form and break through plateaus; whether with new words, viewpoints or styles.

    I see the brain just like any other muscle. If you don’t use it, it will grow weak and eventually atrophy. Writing is a great way to keep your mind strong and agile. And I’m not just referring sitting at a terminal and typing. I believe it is important as a man to be able to actually write, with a pen on real paper…with no lines! By that I mean in legible cursive, not just block printing. If you have mastered a beautiful hand, then learn to write with your off hand. I am left handed but can write legibly with my right hand as well. And for bonus points learn to write from right to left and backwards so it can only be read in a mirror. It’s hilarious to hand a co-worker a mirror image note and watch the expression on their face!

    To me writing is a fine art that should be enjoyed in both its execution and its consumption. Even technical writing, like mechanical drawing, can and should be done well no matter how dry the subject. In my world-view, having the ability to clearly and engagingly express oneself in both the spoken and written word is an essential part of being a well rounded man.

    1. Pen and paper? Cursive? Dang man, slow down with all that high falooting techno talk there bro.

      If you’re not engraving your sentences into marble using a hammer and pick while utilizing the FUTHARK runic alphabet, you’re just taking the easy way out.

    2. fukkin ay:
      “I see the brain just like any other muscle. If you don’t use it, it will grow weak and eventually atrophy.”

  6. I can’t think of a more appropriate time to point out that, ” I seen” drives me to the edge of purposely breaking someone’s fingers.

    1. Yeah man, I know what you’re saying, I seen that a lot on other sites.

    2. Had to go back through my article and make sure I didn’t actually type that. After a quick scroll through, however, I seen that I didn’t. *phew*

    3. I feel the same way when I see ‘disappear’ used as a transitive. People who do this ought to be bitch slapped.

      1. It’s helped mine also along with my vocabulary. I still have trouble conveying my thoughts through written/ typed words because I find that in writing more detail is needed since there’s no body language or voice inflection involved.
        At times I type things out that, when I say it to myself it’s hilarious but in print it makes no sense….. then again I don’t make scents, cents, since, sense anyhow most of the time.

      1. You’re/your
        it’s/its
        their/there
        to/too

        All major pet peeves of mine.

  7. They’re trying to force gender neutral writing in France. When saying the French, instead of writing “Les Français” which is masculine, one would have to write “Les Français-e-s”, which will be totally unreadable, like most of leftist writing.

    1. I don’t and will never understand the french psyche. On one hand they are the most orthodox of the PC crowd using gender neutral writing and brainwashing kids since maternal, and in the other hand they are literally the French Caliphate.

      Wtf is wrong with your country?

      1. My country died in 1793. I’m a ghost living among the ruins and searching for other ghosts in it.

  8. Regarding writing I think one should live exceptional things before replacing the sword by the pen. The style, the vision, everything gets better when the author is well traveled and well experienced.
    Tolkien did WW1, for example.

    1. For content certainly. But the CRAFT of writing about said content needs to be honed and developed like any other skill.

        1. If you don’t enjoy gilbert Gottfried reading the audio book on cassette, i don’t know what to tell you.

          1. I would pay top dollar to have such an audio book. I’d also pay handsomely for an audio book read in Bullwinkle’s voice, or by Andrew Dice Clay.

    2. This is one of the main reasons why I don’t feel worthy of picking up the pen many times. I just have nothing to tell. Story-arc-wise, anyhow.

  9. Won 1st place in my regional writing competition my Sr. Year, beating out the class valedictorian and 3 other girls who all wrote impassioned feminazi tirades. Most people spent 2 weeks on their essay but I wrote mine the night before and the morning it was due, during graphic arts class hehe. I was never good at doing busy-work but always kicked ass at competition.

    Spent 5 years learning and perfecting cursive in gradeschool, then the second I got to Jr. High they demanded all work be printed. At which point my penmanship went to hell. Didnt matter since 2 years later nearly all schoolwork was typed.

    Nowadays I write colossal tirades for fun!

    1. Sometimes the thing done spontaneously turns out better than the one you put too much planning and ruminating into.

      I remember partaking in a video contest. I entered with two movies. One I put a lot of thought into (kinda), lots of effort and complicated ways to get it done. The other one I just did for fun without thinking about it. First one took me maybe 50-60 hours of work. Second one maybe 3-4. Hell, I didn’t even finish the second one because the friend I was doing it with grew bored, so I just put a shitty abrupt ending there. Didn’t even bother making fancy titles or anything.

      Expected it to get torn apart among all the others for being … well … lazy. Ended up winning 1st price lol.

      Not worrying about the outcome can be just the thing that sets you apart. When you overthink stuff, you casually dismiss all the little intuitive ideas you come up with because you try to make it “big” and “important”, but you end up just making it boring.

  10. News from “the other side” (or rather ” other site”)
    Firsts decent ROK article in months:
    http://www.returnofkings.com/133637/what-its-like-to-meet-muslim-women-in-morocco

    However, when you roll down to the comment section…when even regular poster William Adams writes: “Can all pathetic white supremacists please fuck off. I don’t wanna be associated with this kind of shit.” It just reminds you that most decent commenters/contributors have left ROK…voluntarily or otherwise.

      1. strange that. Why would anyone not wish to be shepherded to and graze in safe pastures which avoids controversy at all costs

  11. I liked writing at school. Probably one of the few who did. But guess what. Somewhere around fifth grade – when the brain just starts being sophisticated enough to do something cool – writing was dropped and it all switched to text analysis. I never understood it. It drove me mad. I hated it. I was bad at it and I didn’t wanna be good at it because it sucked ass. What a phenomenal waste of time. So you sit there writing “well the author X wants to show Y by using an alliteratioyaaaaawn”.

    That kinda ruined the subject for me, which here is called simply “German”.

    How 99% of the higher education in the languages can consist only of analysis and translations is beyond me.

    Analysis may not be a bad thing in general, but imo such analytical thinking comes intuitively and then it can shine, but when it’s forced on you and the fixed ways of categorizing and interpreting something are forced on you, it’s a wooden and dead process that’s totally detached from any deeper appreciation of the medium.

    1. As did I. Could write incredibly engaging prose praised and shared by my English teachers…

      Only I got a D in my final high school English exams, see it wasn’t about writing an engaging piece of fiction, as my teachers led me to believe, it was about writing every literary device under the sun loosely connected into a Frankenstein’s monster of a story.
      It was at that point when I realised that most people put into their jobs as little effort as possible, even those earning good money who’re in a position of authority.

      May as well’ve been an F in prospective employers eyes, and I ended up missing out on some opportunities I could’ve seriously leveraged.

  12. I agree. Lately I have been writing a lot, as usual, but I have had a hard time writing my Swedish novels which will become a collection of essays. Then I usually get back to the general blog articles.

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