Say “hello” to your inner critic. WHY WRITE? HASN’T IT ALL BEEN SAID? AND MANY TIMES OVER? DO WE NEED ANOTHER BOOK? ANOTHER POEM? ANOTHER WRITER? ANOTHER BLAH, BLAH AND BLAH?
Is this a common argument for you not to write. Or is it merely an excuse, avoidance?
This is what I’ve found. Each one of us has a unique voice, a unique way of saying things. Your writing will connect with the “EARS” that can hear your voice. I also believe that in these times, it is necessary to think and write outside the box. As you do your own deep work and write from that place, there is the strong possibility that something new will be revealed to you.
Have you had this experience yourself or witnessed it with your children? Your mother gives you a lecture on, for instance, why you should practice the habit of saving part of your allowance. You are half-listening while inwardly saying “yeah, yeah, yeah…” Then, your favorite aunt or uncle says the exact same thing but in a slightly different way and you begin tucking away part of your allowance every week. Alright, maybe that’s not the best example…a child has to rebel against parental authority.
However, the point is, some writers reach us while we dismiss others who might be saying the exact same thing in a different way.
Do throw your voice into the ring of writers if this feels like something that is important to you. These are not the times to be timid or quiet if you have something you want to say.
In other words, as said before in a different way, inspiration is everywhere and in everything. Ideas and images adrift in a universe and you, the writer, snatch the ones for which you feel a passion. You extract what is of value to you, command the language, wield your wordy power and shape, fondle and create something that might have been said before, but now it’s made new or renewed through your particular voice.
Author and poet, Kwame Alexander recommends that you say “YES” to writing as “…language has the power to alter our perceptions.” That’s no small thing.
What in the whole universe are you writing about today? Are you being true to your writer’s voice and allowing what wants to come forth to come forth? Is there something else you’d rather be writing? WRITE YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS IN YOUR JOURNAL.
CELEBRATE YOUR UNIQUE WRITER’S VOICE.