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Writing has always been my go-to way to express myself. There hasn’t been a moment in my life where I wasn’t thinking about my next story, or observing life so that I could write it down later. Writing is an outlet to say the things I cannot say out loud.
English is an elastic language. Anyone who tells you otherwise didn’t get good grades in language arts. You can find the right word to manipulate and make it work for your process.
My motto is to “tell a damn good story.” Writing lets me do that. There are stories that are better suited for oral delivery. But the problem with the oral tradition is that things die. Writing lets us write down those stories to share with others far and wide and for years to come.
It’s fun to go back and see how people changed the formerly oral story into something completely different because they changed a detail here or there. I never see that as done out of malice but more like, this is how my brain remembered it when I told that story, and now it’s something completely different.
Morning Pages from the Artist’s Way (affiliate link) are one of my favorite tasks to do every day. I don’t get to them as often as I’d like but I do have them on my daily task list in my planner. There’s something about selecting a fun pen, feeling the weight of it in your hand, and hearing the sound of the pen you chose scratching against the paper in your journal, as you empty your mind.
There are some drawbacks to writing. It’s hard for people to commit their thoughts to paper because it requires introspection and time. Those things don’t come cheaply to us nowadays.
I guess, in a way, writing is a privilege. To be able to say what I want to say in a way that works for me.
Now if I can just get paid for it… that would be great!