Hello, dear readers, and welcome.
Today I am continuing in my efforts to "crack fiction", and bring you more writerly wisdom. But as I'm sitting and writing this, I'm actually starting to wonder what exactly it is that this post is about, and what exactly I want to tell you all.
I find that writing is often this way: I have no idea what I want to say -- or, more accurately, I have no idea how to say it, or what else I might say along the way. Words speak to us whether we read or write them, and everyone paints a different picture of those words in their mind, but as an author...how important are words to you?
That might seem like an odd question, but take a moment to sit back and really think about it.
How important are words? What would our lives be like without them? What would creativity be like without them?
What do you want to say?
Putting pen to paper (or perhaps fingers to keyboard) is much more a privilege than we often give it credit. We open up another world when we pull words out of our hearts, and we open up minds with those words. As authors, we pour out our own heart for others to examine, and in turn that makes reading a privilege, too. Words aren't just words, and should never be used lightly.
What is that saying? "Words have power"? I think we all too often forget that, as well, or think that our words don't have power, that that is only reserved for someone else, someone "important".
When it comes to creating, to putting words down -- to sharing ideas, even -- I often find myself falling into fear. This might be the fear of what others will say or think, or, most often, the fear that no one will care to read or even glance at my work. Fear can erase some of the most wonderful moments in our lives, and when I feel fear I like to try and look back in time, to think of the many creators that I admire, and think of what our world would be like had they not conquered their fear, and done what they needed to do.
When it comes down to it, we really only ever are the ones standing in our way.
I am an author, among other things. Words are my life, and I can't be afraid to use them -- and neither can you. We may not start out knowing what we need to write, what we need to say, but you can bet that if we walk boldly down the dimly lit path of creativity that eventually that path will be brightened for us.
Don't worry about having the right words to begin with -- just worry about getting the words out. Don't worry about what others might say or think, or whether they will read -- just worry about saying what you need to. Write, edit, inspire...and then repeat.
Sometimes saying what must be said is really only a matter of beginning to say anything at all.