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I Do Try, by Alex Phuong

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

Writing is a tough profession. Sometimes writers have to deal with rejection. There is also a hidden bureaucracy associated with the publication world. Nevertheless, one of the saddest facts of life is that people could write, but they do not try at all. That is the main reason why, in terms of the act of writing, it is best to at least try.

It takes effort to write a compelling masterpiece. For example, Jane Austen had a reclusive life, yet went on to become one of the most celebrated authors in history. Another fun fact was that The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, had been rejected for publication several times. Fortunately, a publisher did publish that compelling novel, and then it had the cinematic treatment in 2011. Therefore, it really is worth it to actually try to write, and then share that writing with the world.

Sadly, some writers would only write for money. After all, money does make the world go wrong, which is even a part of the musical Cabaret. Despite such greed, many noble writers would write in order to educate and inspire readers everywhere. That was the case for Anne Frank, and her diary remains a timeless masterpiece.

Within my own life, I had to experience rejection on the daily basis. It took me literally seven

years to have a poem accepted by a publisher. It might be a bit heartbreaking to have written work ridicule, but part of the reason why I am a published author presently is because I held on to that dream of being like Anne Frank.

I might not receive monetary compensation for writing. It is also a bit unfortunate that I do not get paid to utilize my literary intellect. I might not have the most glamorous life, but it does comfort me to know that I really am the only person who would do all of the work that I do daily.

I do not get paid to read. I do not get paid to write. I do not get paid to think.

It does not matter to me, though, because I do have a mind and a heart.

I am living proof that there is no shame in being a volunteer for life, and I want my writing to be my gift to the world. At least I do try!

Will you?


Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who writes passionately and daily. He has written film reviews for MovieBoozer, and has contributed articles to Mindfray. His writing has appeared in The Bookends Review and The Society of Classical Poets. Emma Stone inspired Alex to submit writing actively to publications after hearing the Oscar-nominated song, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from the “Best Picture” nominee La La Land (2016). He now writes hoping to inspire the ones who dare to pursue their dreams.


This post is part of 805 Lit + Art’s “My Home Library” blog series that features writers and artists enjoying their home libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic. 805 is proudly published by the Manatee County Public Library System, and we hope this series will help people show off their home libraries, find comfort in books, and feel a connection to the library during this difficult time.

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