Excerpt from my contribution to the opening invocation of the new book: “Before You Quit Writing, Read This,” released today on Amazon for FREE here: http://amzn.to/beforeyouquit
Before you quit writing,
Instead, remember why it is your birthright.
Remember why you started, one day, once upon a time.
Remember what compelled you to express through the words that are your song.
Dearest writer that you know you are—
Put away your staff of fire.
Destruction has its proper place.
But today, you are birthing something grand, and generous.
Let the currents of thought pour through you, the vessel.
It is not hard work, it is not effort.
If you struggle, back away.
If you are forcing it, take time to hibernate instead.
Listening is part of writing.
Living your life is part of writing.
Noticing, without touching pen to a single page,
is part of writing.
Dear writer in the making,
I know it is a hard road sometimes
I know it seems like each utterance is frivolous, -or selfish
I know it can feel like pulling teeth to find that flow.
But, writing is the way we know the world
It is the way we know ourselves.
When you weave your words like that, you touch my heart.
When you sing your song like that, you melt my being.
When you get out of your own way,
So that what needs to be said can be said
You are doing a great service.
You write to release a ribbon of truth and beauty
That did not know itself
Till you gave it form.
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