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Topic: Writing (01/11/07)
TITLE: THE WRITERS EMPTY NEST
By Brenda Libby
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Writing has been like a long distance phone call to a long lost friend. I talk for an hour and hang up wishing I had said this, or remembering vital information I should have shared. Does that mean the phone call was a waste? No, it means I will always have more to say.
I’ve talked with other writers who bring up the issue of “writers block”. This always baffles me. I’m the type of person that has to keep pen and paper by the bed because I get ideas at two a.m. and have to write them down. Sometimes when I read them upon waking I have to wonder what in the world that means, where does it fit? But I save those notes because I have found that they may not be relevant right now, but six months down the road they are perfect.
My problem is, I want my writing to be “right”. I always wonder, “Am I saying this right?” “Does it make sense to the reader or am I just writing it for myself to understand?” A majority of my writing is what most consider “self-help”, which can be a huge responsibility because your desire is to have an impact on someone else. Isn’t that true for all writing though?
As writers, we want to make the writing right. Releasing our writing for others is like showing our new baby to the world. We wonder; will they see a flaw? Will they think it’s as good as I convinced myself it is? Will they love it like I do, or at least like it enough?
The only “cure” for this I have found, is faith and prayer. Much like when we send our children out into the world. We pray we have done the best job with them as humanly possible. We have faith that whoever they come into contact with will accept them and be blessed by them. We trust the world will respect them and be gentle with them.
When we share our writing, we give away a deep part of ourselves. We fret and worry for a time, but inevitably, we do it again. Perhaps, in this way, the writers nest will never be completely empty.
I go to my drawer full of scribbled notes and the process starts anew.
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