What are you really doing when you write?
I wonder if you’ve ever had this experience:
You think you want one thing from your writing…
to create a book or blog that connects with our readers,
to create change, meaning or beauty in the world,
But then writing holds out her hand and gifts you with something you'd never counted on:
And suddenly, your relationship with writing has changed. Suddenly she’s a friend you can’t live without, a refuge, a calm place in the storm.
What if you gave yourself permission to wander?
Sometimes the best way to reach your destination isn’t with the path you had planned.
I know that when writing is your passion, well, you have goals. Chapters, stories, blog posts to finish. And I’m not asking you to forget that.
But how could your writing (and your life) change if you gave yourself a little permission to stray off the path once in a while? to
Draw on your life when you write?
Make your writing meaningful?
Make your writing a unique expression of who you are?
Make your time count?
Maybe you’re thinking that sounds like the scenic route to becoming a better writer. And you’re partially right: you’ll slow down and enjoy yourself much more.
But here’s the one thing I would like you to take away from your visit here today. It’s something I’ve learned through years of my own writing, teaching—and especially, watching other writers grow:
Taking those creative ‘detours,’ connecting to your own story, learning from your life, forging meaning from what you’ve lived is not the ‘slow path.’
It’s the only path.
Capture your moments, create meaning, connect with others.
When you lose yourself in a great book or a short story, you forget where you are. That chair you're sitting in disappears, sounds fade away.
What if you could take your love of reading and use it to find your own voice? Tell your own story?
Did you know...
Your reading leaves its footprints on your writing.
When you read fiction, you're already collaborating with the author, writing the story as you go.
Finding your voice with your own writing is just the logical next step for you. And it's easier than you might think.
You just need a writing habit, a bit of inspiration...and some feedback.
Make no mistake. Writing is struggle: a beautiful and unending challenge. But I think you're up to it.