“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Sometimes, as writers, we are uninspired. Perhaps this is just a case of writer’s block. The words just don’t come to us as other times. At my best, I feel that my pen is an extension of my arm, my hand, my soul. I say this because there have been times where my creativity peaks and I begin connecting ideas on so many levels. It feels as if the words are not coming directly from me and instead they’re coming from a higher source and through me. Nevertheless, at this moment, I feel a bit like Hemingway’s quote. I sit here with my laptop in front of me and I am bleeding profusely. Perhaps, Hemingway meant something completely different than my interpretation of this quote, but this is how I feel and this is what it means to me now- at this precise moment. Ok, so I am exaggerating just a bit here and making it sound more like a horrifying and traumatic experience. It really isn’t. It’s happened to me many times before and I have overcome this with patience, and, of course, writing.
It is times like this that I am reminded why I write. I write because I have so much to say; I write because it is one of my passions; I write because I have a memoir that is “done”; I write because I greatly enjoy it; I write to help others; I write to say things that I cannot tell everyone; I write because I am grateful; I write to remember my days and nights; I write to learn and to reflect; I write to inspire others; I write because I take great pleasure in filling my blank page that is my empty canvas with words that come to life; I simply write.
Back in October 2012, I attended a writing workshop. This workshop was through Hay House Publishing and one of its presenters was Lisa Fugard, Hay House author. She talked about the importance of writing every day (even if it was for a few minutes) and getting your first draft down. Lisa said, “It’s important to get your first draft down- be it messy, riddled with clichés, tense changes, purple prose. Write to the end, or what you believe is the end. Be willing to leave imperfection in your wake. Without the first draft you cannot delve into important questions: what am I writing about, what’s at stake, what are my themes? First drafts are like forays into a mine; you will unearth jewels and also a great deal of rough material. Don’t fall into the trap of endlessly rewriting and refining your first chapter. You might jettison it, it might become your third chapter. Write… write to the end…”
All I have to do is to simple remember to write. That’s what we writers do.
I will leave you with a link to a great article on this topic titled Just Keep Writing by Sarah Peck. http://itstartswith.com/2013/01/just-keep-writing
I got this link from another great blog on blogging and making a business out of it from The Traveling Writer herself: Alexis Grant. You can find her at http://www.alexisgrant.com.
Happy writing and keep writing!