Happy December Everyone!
Are you looking forward to this month? To whatever it is you have planned? I am and I’m not. It is coming way too fast, but I will get to see a lot of my family over the holidays.
Recently a friend of mine wrote to me, to a group of us, and gave some inspirational thoughts that I have since made it mandatory to read every day before I start writing. I wanted to share her words with you.
I have found this year that I’ve fallen in and out of love with writing and when I finally (just recently) sat myself down and really thought through why this was happening, especially the falling out part, I realized it’s mainly because I changed the emphasis on WHY I wrote. It was no longer about me expressing myself. It was to please others, to write what would “sell.” I gave up on my love of creating and subjugated it to what other’s said to do or not to do. My inner editor took over and told me, “Don’t use ‘just’ anymore. Don’t use commas in place of periods. Don’t use adjectives. Don’t make it too long. Don’t this, don’t that.
I lost my love of writing trying to follow all the rules. I forgot all the amazing examples there are of writers out there who broke those same rules.
Then, all these memes and articles started showing up on line everywhere; in other’s blog posts, on FB and in my friend’s letter, all with the same message. I realized what she wrote is what I needed to read out loud to myself every day. I hope it touches some of you the way it did me and helps to bring back your love of your art, whatever type of art that is.
"I will create, and I will do it for my own benefit. I allow me to express myself in whatever way my heart wishes to express itself. I allow myself to be free (for this hour, or session, or ten minutes, or whatever time you are devoting to it)".
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year. I wish you all good things and, to embrace your art…
IWSG Question for December: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
Eyeglasses, lots of pens/pencils, post-it notes, a keyboard, a computer. Pretty typical, I'd say!
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