There’s something that feels sacred in putting words down in the right moments. Something about a pencil and a piece of paper, a typewriter with a fresh ribbon, a computer with a blank screen and all the bells and whistles turned off–this calls to me. I used to listen to the call. As a child, my mom regularly evicted me from my spot at the kitchen table where I would have happily sat for hours writing stories, rhymes, little snippets and observations of what seemed and what wasn’t real. She would send me outside, afraid that my desire to sit with paper and my imagination would leave me friendless or socially awkward or some other fate worse than what she hoped for me. But lately, the sensation that I need to put some words down comes at inconvenient times. And I know, when the moment strikes, that if I just stop everything and take a moment and jot down those little pulls and those tugs of feeling-becoming-words that I’ll have something. Something real, true, needing to be said, inspired. But if I don’t stop–and so often I don’t–the sensation soon passes. It will return, but not as soon as it once did, not with the same frequency or urgency. So the goal is to listen more. To tune my sense to those moments. And, yes, sometimes to write when I don’t feel the weight of inspiration on me. To write even when it means tugging each word out from deep inside and sometimes hating the way the words fit together or the dissonant rhythms that testify to my lack of creative impulse in the moment. And then–then it’s a chore. But when I listen: Oh, the relief of writing inspired! Writing when I’m willing to set aside my priorities and my to-do list and all the things I want to do instead so often leads to pure joy, pleasure, and something that makes me smile when it’s finished. So I write.
Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker provides a prompt for “Five-Minute Friday“: Write for five minutes only–no editing, no rewriting. This week’s prompt is “Write.”
October 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm
Love the challenge to listen more to those pulls and tugs. Visiting from fmf- you are a beautiful writer.
October 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm
October 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm
I never had the call to write that I can remember as a child… it’s new for me! But I see it in my kids and I’m hoping to encourage it! 🙂
And oh the truth of listening for the inspiration! Thanks for your great words today! visiting from #FMF
October 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Thank you for stopping by! What a wonderful privilege to be able to encourage your children in their callings! May you be richly blessed and a wonderful blessing to them!
October 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm
This post speaks to me so much. I also wrote poems and stories as a child. In college, the only career I wanted to pursue was one that involved writing. Since then, I’ve ignored the call to write off and on, but blogging has helped me to answer that call more often. I still don’t write quite as much or in the way I would like, but it’s a good start.
October 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm
I feel the same way about blogging. It gets me to write more than I would otherwise. You are a great writer, and I always enjoy your poems. Hope you know that!
October 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm
October 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm
I always enjoy reading what you are writing 🙂
October 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm
I feel the same about your writing. 🙂 Thanks!
October 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm
It is the same for me Ria. Far too often I put off that little bit of inspiration and before I know it – it’s gone for good! I think it may have something to do with being in my 60’s! I’m glad you’ve chosen to write. You do it so very well.
October 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm
You are too kind. Thank you!