Does it seem like everyone is writing these days? Whether someone is putting out an e-book or hyping their blog through social media, it just appears that people have something to write about.
Of course, I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Writing is therapeutic – it helps us connect more closely with our thoughts, sometimes unearthing feelings we were previously unaware we held.
But how is it that there are only a small percentage of blogs or books that really gain a following?
When I consider writing or reading a great book, blog, or piece of prose, I’m reminded of a quote from Stephen King:
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” – Stephen King
Perhaps I’m a romantic when it comes to writing and literature, but I think this quote rings true. How can one expect to give someone an experience that they themselves have yet to encounter?
Writing is laborious, and tough at that! Hemingway likened the process to bleeding. But it’s a labor of passion, perfection, inspiration, and ultimately love.
I believe that even if you have at one point in your life felt swept away by another person’s writing, that you should do your best to frequently renew that feeling. Seek out inspiration as much as possible.
Lately my inspiration has been Margaret Atwood, specifically her work Helen of Troy does Countertop Dancing. I love the juxtaposition of a Greek Goddess working in a modern club – feminism, mythology, psychology, and politics all manage to find their place inside this idea. I highly recommend giving it a read.
What writing has swept you off your feet lately? Share in the comments!
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