Black Ink and Dark Writing

This isn’t much of a blog post. Honestly, it’s more of an explanation I feel I need to get off my chest. Throughout my 10 months of blogging, I’ve been told more times than I can remember that my writing is too dark. It’s too sad, angry, scary, and twisted. I’ve been told these things by plenty of people. My own mother had to stop reading a while back because too many of my posts made her cry. (Sorry Mama). Anyway, after saying–sometimes spitting–these comments, people will then ask why. “Why do you write like this? Why don’t you write happy stuff?”

Typically, I’ll just shrug my shoulders and ignore the question. But today I’d like to give an answer.


If you try to paint a picture without the desire to do so or without a passion for art, the picture is going to blow. If you try exercising without the desire to improve your health, you’ll most likely leave the gym after a five-minute walk on the treadmill. If you try to do anything you don’t feel a passion for, your results will be poor. I write blog posts, poetry, and fiction because I have an insane passion for writing and art. But I also have to have a passion for the genres and topics in which I write.

I can only write what I feel. What effects my life and has an impact on me. What touches, pushes, and influences me. When something happens in my little world and evokes from within some emotional response, I’ll feel the desire to vent it; almost instinctively. It’ll just pour from me like maroon from an open wound. Sometimes, it’s the only way I know how to cope.

Don’t get me wrong, I do aim to keep some posts enlightening, inspiring, or motivating. While I do want to write happy posts, that’s not always me. And I can’t be fake–writing or expressing something I simply do not feel. If this is the first post you’re reading by me, and you’re looking to follow a blog with happy posts, then keep looking.

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As I said, I can only write what I feel. So maybe that explains why none of my posts are very “happy.”


Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope you all have a great week.


Jordan Antonacci
Twitter: @misterhushhush

16 thoughts on “Black Ink and Dark Writing”

  1. Exactly!! Many friends have asked why do I dwell in the dark when writing, can’t I do anything upbeat..? I can, but that’s not where my mind goes…or what comes to it. We all have our own path to follow, and we must travel it to stay true to ourselves.


  2. I haven’t been around in a bit as life has been in the way. It was nice to go back to read a few of your posts to see what you have been up to. As you know, I have always loved that you are true to you. It’s also great to see to that you are continuing with your motivation to publish. I look forward to checking a little more often. Be well….

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  3. Thanks for being REAL. I think some people can be scared to look into the shadows for whatever reasons. It gives a completed distorted view on reality and then people assume that we all need to be happy/positive/whatthefuckever. It’s bullshit. It actually pushes away the depth of our existence and also comes across as hypocritical.

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    1. Yeah, life isn’t always the happiest ride. Everyone knows that. I guess it’s understanding people prefer reading stuff to make them feel good, but like you said, ignoring the reality pushes away the depth of our existence. It’s both sides of life that help us learn and grow.
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  4. No explanation necessary for something you do well.
    When I began blogging many years ago I set no rules or particulars for myself but after time went by and I moved my blog here I tried to remember for myself what I wanted to bring into the world. But remain true to myself. It’s a fine line and one that I teeter on actually because of certain tendencies I have naturally.
    By the way, I don’t find anything you write too dark, never unappealing. 🙂

    One person I follow here posted a great post about how we adjust our writing, let me find it and link you.

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      Yeah, I imagine we all have that urge to wanna fit in, follow trends, and do what the majority does.

      My applause to you for being yourself and going against those tendencies. It’s impossible to tell if anyone’s going to get behind what you’re doing and that can be intimidating. But, as I’ve said before, I really enjoy your writing. Very unique 🙂

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  5. I agree, you have to write what you feel/are inspired to. I tend to the darker side myself and have been told some of the same things you talk about. Like you said, if you try to just give others what they want, your writing will be hollow.

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