In our quest top perfect our skill as writers, we sometimes succumb to writing even the most mundane of topics just to get through the “write everyday” routine. It is helpful to write whatever you want, no matter its depth in the context of your own interests. But it’s much more personally rewarding to write something that has meaning to you—the writer—than simply jotting down words for the sake of technicality.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I admire the concepts of discipline and self-actualization. I just don’t think I’ve gotten there yet and I don’t want to be moved by processes. I want to be moved by soulful practice.
Just like in yoga and meditation, every thought and movement has to have an intention. I think it’s the same with writing. I think writing is an art that expresses and energizes the soul more than anything.
Readers are more intuitive than we think. They know when something is “written from the heart” and they know when somebody is just going through the rounds. I know because I’m a reader myself and reading from someone who writes from a place that is their own is refreshing, enlightening, and satisfying. You just know.
You don’t have to keep it to yourself all the time.
Some of us write to express and leave it at that. But I think, in the long run, there will be a time when each one of us will be exposed and vulnerable. Nobody is perfect. Everybody knows that. So what more can we hide from people? What more don’t we want them to see? I guess there is a line over everything, even over self-expression through writing. Some people respect this line and others don’t even know where the line starts and ends. But in all honesty, if you are a person worth reading about, wouldn’t you rather establish your credibility by speaking (or writing, rather) the truth instead of cloaking it up because you feel exposed?
You don’t need to delete when you don’t feel like your work is enough.
I struggle with deleting my work and my social media posts all the time, not because they didn’t incur the sufficient number of likes I’d like them to have but because I feel awkward about sharing them somehow. In social media posts, it’s probably not as much of a big deal. But in writing, I think there’s a need to stop deleting. I mean, I do it because I think it doesn’t reflect me among other reasons, but really, I wrote it so it must say something about me. Which leads me to the next point.
You just have to write and move on.
Write and move on. It is more than just being consistent with yourself. It is about being responsible for what you say enough to write about it and move on. Put it in the past. Think about the next thing you’re going to write about. Do something else. Do something better. It’s like talking to someone you know: you can’t take back what you already said because you just said it. I guess the point is to be more responsible with the words we speak and write so that after saying or writing so, we won’t ever have to feel the need to edit or delete or change anything that was already said and done.
The blessing behind writing is that it enables humans to record and review and remember. It empowers humans. It teaches us life’s lessons very, very discreetly. People say you need to read between the lines to understand. I think you simply need to read to understand.
To write is a responsibility, to express is inevitable. To be liked is optional. Whatever comes out of our writing is a part of us shared towards others. We are not in charge of how they will react and how they will feel. But we are in charge of our own work. We can put more meaning to it. More heart. More love. Cheesy stuff you will very likely find in picture quotes on social media. But true stuff. Sometimes truth comes at the expense of being hard to take in, right?