Nothing is quite like the act of creating or the art of writing. I must say nothing feels better than being in the zone, when your mind works in tandem with your hand to record your thoughts and shape them into a powerful narrative. When you undergo the process of brain-dumping, then re-writing, editing and fine-tuning—and you know in your heart that you have your masterpiece—it’s an unrivaled feeling. Not only does life feel good, but rewarding. It seems to make sense.
The world may always be in the middle of unbalanced chaos, but it's during times like these when you feel awesome.
Even for those who love to write and rarely struggle with writer’s block, when they experience a writer’s high it just feels so amazing and natural. It’s during those times, when one feels like they can write the greatest story ever told, that one feels like he or she belongs in this world.
I only offer one piece of advice to writers: Keep writing!
Writers don’t need anything else but their imagination, experiences, observations, and exposure to idea-sparking information. Writers can take a tiny event or singular moment and turn it into a book. Many writers write because a lot has not happened in their lives. Writing becomes their life.
Sure writers need to learn certain techniques, improve their vocabulary and read writings of others, but writers develop naturally. You just can’t force it on to someone, as if teaching someone how to fix a car. The writing gene is embedded in your DNA. Life’s events will bring it out in you, but it’s within you all along.
Writers, no matter what they write about, have a sense of fairness, of right and wrong, that comes out in the orderliness of their writings. They are driven to find a way to make sense of life, to compensate for its numerous shortcomings, to correct wrongs and bridge the gap to things undiscovered, unknown, and unlivable.
Writing is way different than talking. When you are talking, it’s usually in a two-way dialogue. Writers debate only with themselves. They write with anticipation of what others might say or think but no one is there to counter the words of a writer. Talking to people can be exhausting—hand gestures, eye contact, raised voices, speed, retorts, emotional outbursts. I’d rather spend all day writing than talking to another human being.
When the writing flows and the words just seem to come out in the right order, the writer feels on top of the moon. The stars are out and it’s a clear night to see the world.
Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014
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