by BT Cassidy
What you believe about your writing makes a difference.
I've a friend who has that indefinable thing, something that, when he sets pen to paper, makes him a great writer.
Talent. He is talented, is a master of the spellbinding sentence, wants to write, but doesn't.
He believes he only writes to get others into bed. This belief, tied with the fact he's been in a three year relationship means he doesn't write. Yet he wonders why.
He has lost nothing he knows about writing, he has not lost his art, but the wish he holds for his writing has been fulfilled.
Sometimes, you have to ask yourself if what you believe about your writing is helping, or hindering you.
There are many reasons for writing; fame, fortune, simple pleasure. I think of writing, the arts in general, as a Master who has much to teach me.
Our beliefs about our writing can help form a muse- that thing that inspires you to sit down, day after day in front of the blank page and to fill it with words.
We write to fulfill some wish, but you must be careful what you wish for. Writing takes on the form of a bridge under construction, between that which we desire in the future, and our place in the present.
Enjoy the pleasure of the wishing, savor the shaping of that wish, but don't let its achievement be a limitation. Each fulfillment is a small taste of realization, a tiny seed for the shape of the past yet to come. Every time you're excited to look at what you wrote the day before is a triumph over the things that would prevent you from writing- your own past limitations.
But be careful what you wish for, because sometimes, "May your dreams come true," can be a curse, as well as a blessing.
So what do you believe about your writing?