On Writing

If one of your goals is to write a book, then start writing. It doesn’t matter how good you think it is. In fact, your inner critic is gonna raise hell with you when you start writing. It’s what the human mind does. It’s gonna say “who do you think you are, trying to write a book?”

It’s gonna tell you that you need to edit as you write. Do not fall prey to that temptation. It will stop you from creating, from telling your story. You can always go back and edit later.

We are all storytellers. We all have something to say.

What if part of your legacy is to tell your story in written form? What if it’s fiction? Any good work of fiction is based on characters that are known to you, most especially you.

Even if you have no desire to write a book, write something. A short story. A poem. A letter. Keep a journal. Write a note. (Who doesn’t love getting handwritten notes)? But write! It’s good for your soul.

I used to keep handwritten journals. Lots of them. My thinking was that, after I’m gone, my kids will be able to read them. But now, with the digital age, most of my journal keeping is done on a private online app. Which means I’ll probably have to write down the password and put it in a sealed envelope to be opened after my demise.

Either way, they’ll know things about me that they didn’t know. Kinda cool.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

 

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But Not by You

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Please, please, please … write because you have something to say. Not because you want to impress the reader. Your writing will not appeal to everyone. That’s okay. It will to the ones who need it the most.

Write from your heart. Let your feelings flow. Get it all out. You can always edit later for style, grammar and punctuation.

And yes, it may have all been said before. But not by you. You are unique; one of a kind. You have a voice. There is no one else like you on the planet. Celebrate that and share it through your writing.

Who knows? Your writing may just fill up the cracks in someone’s soul. You are such a messenger!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’