Stephen King once said, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” I first came to understand this whilst suffering from a long and depressing bout of writer’s block in which I began to question everything I’d ever written and everything I wish I had written. Desperate to put pen to paper and simultaneously feel good about the action, I sat down and began to write. Simple as that. No fluff, no gimmicks, no high and mighty claims of enlightenment and deeper understanding. And as my hand continuously smudged over the fresh ink, something magnificent was happening. I was growing. I was learning. I was getting better, just by trying. I was righting wrongs by writing wrongs. And I’ve still got a long, long way to go.
Sure, inspiration is a beautiful thing, but until I sat down, entirely sober and entirely bereft of emotional and artistic influences, I had no idea what I was capable of and what I needed to work on. It was both challenging and immensely rewarding, and it continues to be.
1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. The drawing in of breath; inhalation.
Draw upon the breath of your own skillfulness. See what you can do.
Hello, my friends! I hope you all are well and joyful. I haven’t much to say this evening, so I felt this word was an appropriate one to share.
1. Calm; peaceful; tranquil
Be at rest tonight.
It’s Wednesday again. A day devoted to words that enrich our writing, speaking, and our very lives. But unlike last week, this word of the day is not complex. It is not a dozen syllables or used only by Oxford professors and linguistic snobs. It is a common word, but it is a tremendously important one. One that we all need in our lives.
1. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another
2. Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3. Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
Love. Thank God for love. We want more of it but don’t give nearly enough of it. This life essence that makes everything worth while – it is what makes us human. It is pure. It is kind. It is hopeful and rejuvenating.
And while I say all this, I am sure that a certain someone has been floating subconsciously through your head, tap dancing his or her way across your heartstrings. I know he’s been on my mind. Savor the thought of them. Let the very idea of their joy and laughter fill your heart to the point of bursting. As your face turns to a darker shade of pink, remember to always be a source of their smiles, and to give more than you receive. Let us be selfless and always strive to love more perfectly, more purely, more beautifully. For him, or for her, and for all creation.
Welcome to Wednesday! I hope your sleep was deep and your dreams were light.
If there’s one thing I love any day of the week, it’s a good word. And as an aspiring writer, perhaps I should find some better words to use than ‘good’. So maybe One Word Wednesdays will help all of us find some new and intriguing words to spice up our ever-growing vocabularies.
1: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2: capricious, unpredictable
My God, I love this word. It seems to embody everything that 13 year old me glorified and idealized. I wanted to be that carefree and outrageous girl with the wild hair and the quick tongue. I never became that person. The fascination I developed with overly romanticized characters in young adult fiction only fueled my desires to be everything my mother would hate. But today, I sit here as an adult, and I am content with writing blog posts about the fragments of characteristics that exist within my alter-ego whilst The Office plays softly in the background.