Monday, April 14, 2014

Writing Essentials: Faith

I got a chance to read a new book this weekend called Unnatural Talent this past weekend by Jason Brubaker. There was a thought in there that really resonated with me, and I thought I would pass it along to you fellow struggling writers out there.

When it comes to the craft, the art of writing, few understand the critical truth that, in order to write, you have to believe in what your are writing; hence, "Faith." What I mean by this, is that writing is a calling. What that means for you should be that the art of writing coincides with your life in a tangible, meaningful way. It's not just about "being a good writer." It's about believing that, by writing, you are doing what you were meant to do. Some days I "wake up an atheist," if you will. I wake up going, "today I will write a blog, about something. I don't know yet. I guess I'll just have to do something." Usually on those days my writing is terrible, and it's pretty clear.

This happens because we don't believe in what we are doing. We aren't convinced that, on some higher level, we were called to be a writer. It's like Alcoholics Anonymous that have to admit to a "higher power" as one of the final steps to beating alcohol. It's the larger than life stuff that change our perspectives. It should be the same with writing and how it alters our attitudes towards it.

Believe in your writing. Understand that what you are doing means something, in the grand scheme of things. If you don' feel this way about writing, find something that you can feel like that about. Just some food for thought. If you ever get a chance to check out Jason's book, you ought to. It's really good.

See you all on Wednesday!


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