I’m not too sure why I keep finding myself writing about writing, but if writing about writing is what wants to be written, then who am I to not write it?
OK, I probably lost the interest of a few people with that opening sentence! But the point I’d like to make in this blog post, which is forming before my eyes, right now, in this very moment… is that it’s so liberating to write without knowing where it will take you, or necessarily understanding how it will all come together, until – hey presto! It comes together without you having even seen it coming.
Quite a few years ago now, a writer I follow on Twitter (sorry, no idea who it was after all this time) explained that the most important thing is to sit down every day and just write. I remember thinking it was a really good idea, but knew somewhere in the back of my mind that it was unlikely to happen. I needed a plan! I’m an organiser, aren’t I? I need targets and goals and bullet points to tick off. Well, as it turns out, I think I’m more a free spirit in most aspects of life than I ever realised, and writing is no exception. If I think too long and hard about what to write, and how to write it, I dry up altogether and fail to even open my laptop. Or I’ll begin writing a post, but inspiration dries up before its had a chance to blossom and develop into anything worthwhile.
I suppose the beauty of writing free form is that it’s less of a task and more of a meditation. Writing is like life in some ways – forever unfolding in a series of ‘now’ moments. As human beings, we are experiencing a physical reality whilst being (and hopefully feeling) connected with the world around us. Life is breathing us, and we are very much a part of this life we see unfolding before our eyes. It’s a collaborative process between us and the bigger picture of the universe. Well, that’s what I believe anyway. I probably lost a few readers by the wayside there as well…!
Writing is the same. Where does the inspiration to write come from? How are our ideas and sentences forming, and what is that strange and sometimes illusive thing we call creative flow? I often find myself writing words I don’t feel fully belong to me, but for whatever reason have chosen me as their outlet. Perhaps this is why I find it hard to write with any kind of plan in mind. It’s impossible for the universe to collaborate with me if I’ve already begun trying to control the writing process, before even opening up a blank blog post.
If you’re interested in this idea of creative flow, and of inspiration choosing us as an outlet for its ideas, I highly recommend you read ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to live life more creatively and less stifled by fear. I’m aware I’ve mentioned this book a couple of times before, so I’d like to take the opportunity to reassure you that I’m not on commission! It’s just a really good book.
The most important thing here is that we all find what it is that gets us writing. For me, it’s a free spirit and a mind open to the possibility of writing about whatever it is that seems to want to be written. If you’re very attached to your bullet points and they work well for you, then why abandon your system? It is your system after all.
My organised, worried self is telling me that this blog post is too short. But my inspiration has dried up, so I’m not going to bore you by padding it out… It is what it is people!
Much love to you all, my fellow human beings.