Nothing Left to Say

What do you write when there’s nothing left to say? Or maybe there’s too much to say and you no longer have the heart to say it – you’re all “said out”?

In the end, maybe, you return to your first love: fiction.

You’re not sure that your resolve will stand strong – that you can resist commenting on “current events” or sharing an opinion of the day. But you are resolved to try. Not because you’ve acquiesced and abdicated the right to speak freely, but because you know that words are more powerful than matches and dry kindling, mightier than swords, possibly even crueler than grenades, and deep in your heart, you’re still a pacifist.

You are a writer, through and through, but the awesome power of words terrifies you, even as it thrills you to the core.

Speeches are for politicians.

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” 
― Albert Camus


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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6 thoughts on “Nothing Left to Say”

  1. Finally, I got something on your blog so short. Now only one wish is remaining, something to read here when I won’t have to open Word Web to understand the words.

    I remember when 7 years back I and a friend of mine used to increase our vocabulary by finding words from newspaper and other articles. I wish I would have been a reader then so that by now I would have become a master in vocabs, if not an expert 🙂

    1. It’s never too late, Neeraj, and I will never stop believing in you! (Which is my nice way of saying, “I’m not going to apologize for inspiring you to open the dictionary!” 😀 )

      But you’ve inspired me to write more short pieces to give you practice. (Possibly, the longer one linked below this comment is NOT such a post, but you may find it entertaining, nonetheless. It’s a bit of overkill with the purpose of making a point about writing. It is “said” vs. “more exciting ways of saying ‘said'” – and there’s a happy middle ground, somewhere. That post isn’t it, really.)
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  2. My father used to tell me – “when you have nothing left to say, then read something.” I guess that’s probably how I started to make myself acquainted with books and newspapers and comics and magazines and calendars and biographies and my sister’s diary (oooops 🙂 )…, and the list goes on.

    The irony of it all, is that all these readings just pivoted me back to writing something…, anything – mostly words :). You are right Holly, there is always that stick–to–itiveness to simply try.
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  3. When one has nothing to say, one can always look at the real world. Then one can write a fact/reality based letter to the editor, essay, article, or other such thing. Sometimes, in those cases, the muses, or inspiration come to see what is going on…..

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