Writing, deciding to pursue a career as a writer, can be quite lonely. It can be fraught with obstacles and people, but the saddest thing that can happen is the lack of support.
There will be people on this journey that will speak like into you, and remind you of the amazing artist that you are. There will also be people who will think you are insane for writing–for becoming a writer!
And the most comforting thing a writer will want is the assurance that someone is in our corner to support. Yet, I want you to remember one thing:
Be comfortable with the silence.
Be comfortable with the silence of the people that should shout for you.
Be comfortable with the whispers and texts of people whom would never support you in public.
Be comfortable with the fact (not the idea!) the fact that there are people who think you are wasting you time.
Take all of this into consideration, and do it anyway.
In the book, On Writing, Stephen King talks about the power of muses. He talks about the need to have a space set up to write. The beautiful thing about having a dedicated space to write–the muses will always show up! You have a dedicated space to dream, to create and to do so unencumbered. This type of dedicated space is essential to creating The Flow!
1.) Make the space inviting for you! Whether this be a room with a view, a hotel room, or even desk in your room or your bed! This spot should be yours–totally obedient to what its you want and would like to do.
2.) Remind yourself that this space is just to write. Not sleeping. Not texting. Not eating. It is for writing. You will be amazed at what will happen once you have repurposed/purposed such a space.
3.) Write as if no one will watch you. This talent is yours to wield and to share. You must remember that your first fan, your first audience, your first member of your soon-to-be anxious public is you.
One of the essential things you must remember about creating such a space, is you as a writer are in charge of this space! You control it! You must control it! The Flow is not this cloud, full of rain, come to water your talent. Sometimes, you have to summon such rain. You must be ready to summon such rain when you need it!
So, summon the rain. Make that rain feed the streams of the visions you desire. Make the streams find the rivers of talent, and from there, make them flow to ocean of the world you desire to create. You can do it. You must do it.
Hopes and wishes do not fill pages, Oracles. Wishes are what we write down in order to fulfill them. Writing is equal parts talent and decision. Put both of those together today, right now and fill pages.
This topic for this week’s Encouragement Pages really spoke to me. Look for this to be an expounded on topic later on. -JBHarris
Make no mistake, you are human. Writing is a superpower, but you have to be able to rest as well (the rest after a full day of writing is a gift, let me tell you!). What I want you to remember is it is not the time you wrestle against, it is the hindrances to your own imagination.
If you have a day where you cannot write because you are physically tired, or due to the demands of the day, that is fine. By all means, rest!
What I am saying is when you are attempting to write about a specific topic or in a specific genre, and feel that you don’t have the ability to–this is what I want you to examine, dear one.
You do that by asking these three questions:
1.) What am I scared to say?
2.) What makes it scary to say?
3.) What is stopping me from saying what I believe needs to be said?
If you can answer these, they become the key to unlocking the can’t. Take this key, unlock your imagination, and write.
The words will never just appear out of the ether. You have to chase them. You may have to fight for them. You may even have to chase their shadows from dreams you have. But be relentless, dear Oracles.
The words are there–but you may have to reach a little longer or further to get them.
This is something I am so sensitive about speaking of! I pride myself on being an encourager, and something of a writing midwife–a writer’s writer if you will. So, when the topic of discouragement comes up? I get really defensive and angry. I want to chase it out of the lives of writers because it is a cancer on and towards all creativity. It’s a block of the worst sort!
But, I have to talk about it. Even if it is begrugingly.
Discouragement is the opposite of encouragement. This you know. With that antonym in mind, discouragement is the thing that strangles your heart, determined to kill everything in it! This type of hindrance is heart-breaking. It often doesn’t come from any internal voice most times! It may be in the form of the people whom love you, but tell you to forsake writing. Whom may tell you they can’t or won’t support you ‘because what you’re doing isn’t special.’ Let’s not even talk about your own doubts, fears and inhibitions! A working writer has enough going on internally as we work –we don’t needed the added stress of other people telling us, discouraging us, from what we are already scared to do!
Discouragement can be project-specific or cyclic. You must be aware of this. You have to be able to notice what causes this, and what uproots or defuses it! In recognizing this, in finding out the direction and reason behind the discouragement you can begin to combat it! Whether this means to start writing in a specific area, or on a specific day, or you just keep all your writing to yourself to share with a select group of people–do what makes you comfortable and happy.
Eff the naysayers!
This is your talent, your time and your life–be bold!
Even work you delay is written one word at a time.
In finding the bravery to keep going to complete your work, understand the doubts will come. They will try and root. They will whisper to you. They will discourage you. But have courage, fellow oracle. Have courage!
Continue the work. Finish the work–one word at a time.