There is no need for you as a writer to ask permission to create. You cannot be subject to this! You must have the wherewithal to work in the midst of doubt, or doubt in the midst of work. Permission is one of those thing which rely on just the freedom of the self. Are you able to release the thoughts of other people as it relates to what you want to create–so you can create?
If you cannot, you will ever wait for someone to grant you the freedom you need to have for yourself–and be dependent on it.
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.
Writing, in my opinion, is one of the sexiest profession you can choose. The most seductive hobby you can persue. It is the most entricing thing you can begin.
Think about it.
There are romantic stories of writers all the time, all over the world, who have told you about the erotic nature of writing.
Being pulled out of sleep.
Writing until the hours where the sun is their only company.
Having a poem, its power, rumble through them until they find paper.
I, myself, have experienced all of these things. All of them. For that feeling, for this desire, for this lover like no other–I write. I push. I repeat. And so should you! I am a believer that writers are always writing, even when we aren’t actively writing.
We always have a couple things in the back of our minds. Writers are the secret students of the world! We observe and study and record everything. From that studying, of the world, there will always be something to work on or create. In the pursuit of the latest work, the new thing, the work to come there must be a push to find it! There must be a push to write it! You must be content with the balance of desire to create, and the process of that specific creating!
As a writer, you are going to become familiar with what I call ‘The Exchange.’ This is how you pay for the talent, the gift, and your humility to the pursuit of this craft.
The Exchange is this:
Life happens in three ways: to you, through you, and around you. It your job as the writer to record, decode and make sense of what seems to not make sense. As a writer, you constantly exchange time for talent, work for experience, heartbreak for word count.
Being a writer is one of thee most maddening things I have ever done! For every project that I want to do, there are 4 others that spring up. They seduce me from the current work, and then I leave them–jilted and guilty –to return to the first love. Determined to finish what I started.
This is what writers do though, dear ones! We create! And in the fury of creating, we have these side loves that call to us. These things we start when the first love (read: current work) has us in a funky place with no way out. I mean, Octavia Butler wrote Fledgling as a side project because the other work she was writing was ‘too much’! Wri
Think about your word choice: what you say, how you say it.
Remember they story–good or ill–belongs to you. All words done or crafted by you.
Writing is equal parts bravery and calamity! There is portion of you which will have to be brave enough to verbally admit what you have only whispered. Then there is the personal shock (aka ‘the calamity’) which happens when you begin to write something–you become shocked at how this is coming together.
There is a power in remembering. There is a power in looking into life events and choosing how much you want to reveal to people: good, bad or ugly. The beautiful thing is when you tell this stories–they are yours.
Remember that when you become ashamed or shocked upon the reflecting of your own life. You own your story.