Write On Wednesday

This week Write On Wendesday asks (read the entire prompt here):

Are you ever assailed with self doubt about your writing ability, or about the reasons for writing at all?  Do you “follow yourself around nagging and suggesting and complaining”? What are some of the negative things your Editor tells you?  What could your Editor say to be more encouraging?   How do you encourage yourself to keep practicing the craft of writing?

If you’ve been reading this blog of mine for long, you’ll know I’m always feeling behind the eight ball with regard to time – having enough of it to go ’round and complete all the things on my “to do” list.  Work responsibilities, music rehearsals and performances, elder care…fitting in time with husband, friends…getting the household chores done…ad infinitum.

So why am I spending so much time writing?  Or thinking about writing? Or doing research for writing?  Or writing about writing?  nags the complaining voice that dogs my steps.  Look at all the time you’re wasting.  It’s not as if you were getting paid for it!

Ah ha!  There’s the most persistent of the nagging thoughts, especially these days when money is at such a premium in my house.  How can I justify spending so much time in an activity that provides no monetary recompense?  Huh?  How can I?

As much as my Puritan forefathers would deny it, I believe in the value of activites which are self fulfilling and creative, activities that enrich the spirit and the mind- whether or not they enrich the pocket book.  Certainly writing does that for me.  Since I’ve been writing regularly, I feel my thoughts expanding and my confidence growing. I see myself looking at the world throught a different lens, more aware of its natural beauty, while increasing my interest in the relationships between people and the space they occupy.  I’m excited by these changes.  They multiply upon themselves, these rewards of writing, and I’ve come to consider my writing practice a good investment in self development.   

I must remind myself of that, and often, especially when that nagging voice starts whining in my ear.  But when I sit down to write, when I allow words to tumble out of my head and onto the page, the sensations of relief, excitement, and satisfaction, encourage my heart (and pen!) to keep writing.

 

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8 thoughts on “Write On Wednesday

  1. You’re absolutely right about keeping at it, despite the self-doubt and that by using words to express what you see, feel and hear, you begin to see, feel and hear better than you did before. It focuses you to pay attention and that is what makes life so much richer. Yes, you’ve expressed that so well! I lovely post this.

  2. For me, writing is breathing. It’s essential time. Try reading The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes – it might give you some interesting perspectives on allowing yourself to be paid for your writing, too. 😉

  3. I agree that writing – any form of artistic self-expression, including music – is important to enrich our lives on so many levels. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, so I don’t know any other life, nor can I imagine living without writing and books. I’m glad writing brings you such pleasure, as you do it so beautifully!

  4. It’s great investment in self-development. I wish I would have thought of that. 😉 Let me just say you could make money doing this…I’m just saying.xxoo

    I’m in the middle of mine yet. My brain is still back at 3WW. lol

  5. “my thoughts expanding and my confidence growing…. looking at the world through a different lens, more aware of its natural beauty, while increasing my interest in the relationships between people and the space they occupy…. They multiply upon themselves..”

    I think you really nailed it right there, Becca. Initially, these things are not worth money, but in the long run, “multiplying” – building on top of this, will benefit you in the “paid” realm.

    Money! What a pain. Put in ear plugs when that naughty guy on your shoulder starts whispering in your ear.

  6. How you do this is fabulous Becca, choosing a prompt that delves inside and produces answers that astonish … that’s what you did for me! My editorial thoughts appeared from somewhere I didn’t realise existed, the words flowed. Yes the combination of the new look and your cleverness is bringing out the best in us … it’s exhilirating, can’t wait for next week 😉

  7. This got me: Since I’ve been writing regularly, I feel my thoughts expanding and my confidence growing. I see myself looking at the world through a different lens, more aware of its natural beauty, while increasing my interest in the relationships between people and the space they occupy.

    Oh yes! Writing practice is definitely a form of prayer; better yet, a prayer of appreciation and gratitude. Tell that to your Puritan forefathers!

  8. I’ve been working on a piece for a couple of weeks that is very important to me on a deeply personal level. Then I asked for feedback. It came in fits and starts and then I realized I was stalling. So, I removed myself from the opinions of others and posted my final product today. I feel much better about my own writing process now that I’m not looking for feedback. Some things just really need to come from the heart.
    http://inmidreamz.blogspot.com/2008/07/reflection-on-forgiveness.html

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