I told my audience in a writing lecture I did for government employees that everyone can write. It’s just that most people are too lazy to put their thoughts into words.
A special friend of mine recently tried to write a piece and I was amazed at how it turned out. The written piece is so inspired, it made me realize how jaded I have become for the last two decades.
I stopped writing poetry. I got tired of listening to my emotions. I think I lost inspiration. The good news is, inspiration is just 10% of the actual writing exercise. The bad news is, I wanted that 10% back into my writing but the 90% has been putting food on my table so I have to concentrate on that. Or should I?
Jojo has been wringing my neck for the last few weeks, trying to convince me to start writing my own book. My own what, now? Goodness grief, I never even imagined myself writing a pamphlet (although I have, for numerous clients). It’s so that I can leave my legacy when I die, he says. Now, why would I want legacy attached to my dead name?
See, I told you I’m jaded. And I lack confidence. No drive. I’m really quite tired already. I need a long vacation. The log cabin that I keep in my daydream is getting weary and old. I need a new daydream where I can be free again.
Or maybe not yet. Perhaps not even necessary. I like the place where I am now, surrounded by people I love who love me back.
For those of you who are afraid to see your thoughts turn into words, die wondering if you can write. Let me tell you this, though. You actually have already started. That last note you wrote to a friend. The testimonial you posted on friendster. The memo you wrote in the office. The reminder you posted on the ref. I can go on and on, and you probably got my message already but still refuse to believe that what you did is already called a written piece. Maybe not a masterpiece, but I call it a “topic” that has the potential to be expounded into a full essay. Or a blog. A love story.
Write. It’s 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. You can do it the other way around if you wish. Just do it and write what you are now feeling. Thinking. Aspiring. Anything.
Write now, right now!