I see many writers (mostly talking about fiction), some published, some not, whose main focus seems to be on hitting the right number of pages. They see a formula that they assume equates to success, because it worked for others. And THEY got published. Or THEY got an agent. And so on. So they sit and struggle and sweat and try to craft paragraphs and structure and pace their characters in such a way to hit that mark.
But what if...we just unplugged from that idea? What if when we sat down to write, we just wrote. What if we clear our minds and instead of trying, pushing, and forcing a picture to materialize in our minds' eye, we simply...stopped thinking. What if we just allowed inspiration to find us. Trust our intrinsic value, our connection the Source that inspires us? Sit and be a vessel, channel those signals, that magic, those ideas that come effortlessly. Those thoughts that fill you up, make you tingle, make you queasy, those things you don't want to share with others because maybe they are just too big. Or don't make sense. Or don't fit. Or make you feel too much. That's the stuff to pay attention to. If you feel it, your readers will feel it. This is how you find an authentic writing voice. Write from YOU, from your inner voice, from your gut. We view and observe and breathe it in, and we interpret our world to share with others. This is the call of the writer. To take it in and learn, and pass it on. We are storytellers. We gain insight or inspiration and in our sharing, we inspire and give insight to others.
So, my thoughts?
Keep it simple, keep it authentic. Write the story that only you can write and it will touch people. It will be relatable. Because it must. There are too many of us, for your creation not to strike in chord in others, especially if it is born from within, in the truest sense. Don't waste time worrying and wondering about how to get it to market, who will buy it, how to make money. If you write from within, you will write because you simply have to. Because you have to get the beast out, the unrelenting passionate thing that lives inside. And you will crave the beauty and awe in finally releasing it, in setting it free, like a newborn, to make its own way in the world. Let your work be born in you, and give it wings to fly. If you connect in this way, you will know it will be read. You will just know. Because the message is too important, or beautiful, or humorous, or impactful not to share. If you write to fill pages, to squeeze into a genre, to hit a page count, to churn out aliteration, to prove your comfort with a thesaurus... it will feel like work. And thus, it will read like work. Write joy. Write fear. Write sadness. Write ecstasy. Write pain. Write laughter. But write true. xoxo