A Benediction for Writers

Do not scatter your thoughts like marbles in the hall. Stay aware of your life and do not tell yourself that there is time for writing tomorrow… No, Write now!

Spend time writing everyday. Don’t let your hours slip by without feeling the pen press against paper or without letting your fingers move over the keyboard. Take time everyday to express your thoughts, even if you are just describing the color of your room or the way the afternoon air tastes to your skin. Tell yourself that you can write and then do it, every day.

In the book Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg writes,

This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don’t want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don’t wait around for inspiration and a deep desire to run. It’ll never happen, especially if you are out of shape and have been avoiding it. But if you run regularly, you train your mind to cut through or ignore your resistance. You just do it. – That’s how writing is.

Take time to think without distraction. I don’t necessarily believe in writer’s block but I do believe that we are distracted. For a while, turn off the television or the radio; leave the internet to search for itself. Instead, let your mind move over the bumps of your life, linger for a minute on the mistakes and the triumphs. Describe to your fullest extent the situation or the feelings or the reactions and this will make your writing authentic; it will fill you up.

Do not let hate or rage paralyze you from writing. Don’t waste time turning against the world. That really is a waste of your thoughts. There must be something good for the sun to shine or for the rain to fall. There has to be a word or a thought or a feeling that is worth the time to write it out and when you do write, tell the truth and do not lie. Your reader can tell when you are lying.

So, don’t give up. Do not let your big dreams grow little wings. Don’t stop trying and, if you’ve already begun, don’t start stopping.

Brandon headshotBrandon Paul owns notebooks. Lots of them. In every size. And in these notebooks, he writes. In 2014 he used these notebooks to write every day of his 38th year; in 2015 you’ll get to read this book. Stay tuned.

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