For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. I’ve been published a few times in small publications, newsletters etc. I’ve written for well the last 10 years that I can remember and probably longer if I were able to tap into my subconscious.
My friend, mentor, and several times over published author and I met for lunch one day and she handed me a book. This book, today is changed how I view myself, and myself as a writer, and my writing as an entity to its own. The book: if you want to write: a book about art independence and spirit by Brenda Ueland helps lead the writer away from their inner critic and back to the childhood imaginative creative process which we all lose somewhere around adolescence if not before by someone whom we’ve established to be an authority figure in terms of writing: be it a teacher, friend, parent mentor etc. someone who inadvertently tells you you’re writing is not good enough.
The title of this post is a quote from page 8 of the book it resonated with me because all too often we stomp out that creative flame by thinking too much about the word and less about the resonance of the words meanings. The whole point of writing in my opinion is to “paint a picture with words.” This was lost within myself and despite this friend giving me the book and knowing that she’s been published I lacked confidence, for the winter I did write some good and yes I know some mediocre stuff for my blog, now, on the very day that I write this post. I, picked up this book read the first chapter and you all will be happy to note: that that flame is slowly returning I do believe. I am starting to understand that it may be possible to make a career of the written word as my friend so eloquently has done a few times over.
I want to use this blog as a launching pad for me as a writer? Doable? I don’t know. But PROBABLY!
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