Writing is hard work for writers. It’s not unlike the diligence required of workers who flip patties for hamburgers or make their rounds to deliver the newspaper. However, while writing is not physically demanding, it is mentally taxing. The hard part is to be able to keep writing everyday by sourcing new ideas or materials, and working on them even when the going gets tough and we don’t feel like writing at all.
As with fellow artists such as actors and singers, writers have to hone their skills daily and keep growing as an artist. For this week, I found recreation in You Tube by sourcing for “the greatest vocalists of all time”, “American Idol Finals”, “America’s Got Talent” and “Bruno Mars”.
In America’s Got Talent I found inspiration in Michael Grimm, the eventual winner of 2010 who became richer by USD 1 million. Prior to this, he was slogging as a musician in Las Vegas, playing in restaurants and bars whenever he was allowed to. It was tough and dreary – and he really didn’t want to remain in the rut when he is in his fifties. He impressed the judges with his singing, took their advice and became better with each progressive stage of the competition. Yes, he even looked and dressed better than when he started out. At one stage he said that he could finally see the sun, evincing the hint of a little smile. He worked really hard before opportunity met with preparation.
Bruno Mars also worked very hard as an unknown singer before finding fame. I enjoyed both the studio and music video versions of his songs such as “The Lazy Song”, “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade”. When he sings, it’s like storytelling and he tells it with such ease and evident enjoyment. I think that’s the mastery of an artist who is so in sync with his work.
The hours we put in do count and add up to our eventual success. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell purports that a vital key to success is to put in 10,000 hours of practice. Or, as Thomas Edison puts it, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Aside from the hard work, of late I have begun to see that writing can also be seen as a form of stewardship. We are exhorted to be faithful in the little that has been entrusted to us in order that we may qualify for the more. Writing is not meant to be a burden or task that has been arrowed to us for standing in the way. The way I see it, if we keep writing, the Lord will be pleased to see us grow into His fullness for us.
So, let’s roll up our sleeves, remain submitted to the Lord and write on faithfully as a good steward.