When you meet a person you’re attracted to, you usually ask questions so they may start to open up. To develop a relationship with this person, you must first invite and then listen to what they are saying – otherwise, they will sense your insincerity, close the door to their heart and turn away.
It is the same principle for Romancing Your Writer Within:
- Ask good questions.
- Then listen to what she says.
The question “Why” is a crucial one because if you don’t know your motivation to write, you probably won’t get very far.
But if you know why, you will create a strong foundation for putting pen to paper.
When I was a young woman of 25, I wrote in my journal: I want to write because I want to become a very wise woman and share that wisdom with others. I still refer to that entry when I resist my writing. In times of resistance, rejection, or self-doubt, you too can return to your responses to this question; they will fortify you and renew your passion to write.
…acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all – ask yourself in the stillest hour of the night: must I write? And if this should be affirmative…then build your life according to this necessity;…
Rainer Maria Rilke
Ask “why write?” and then listen.
Some of your answers might sound like this…
- I Want to write to tell my stories.
- Inspire others, so they know they can make changes.
- Allow the crazy-wild-me to flop onto the page in whatever form it takes.
- Find out what really is inside me.
- Have people read my work and, hopefully, enjoy it; laugh, cry, feel what is inside of them and be touched.
- Make a contribution to this world.
- Enjoy exploring other people’s lives in my characters.
- Inspire readers, touch hearts and open them to remember who they are.
- Go on inner journeys blindly, not knowing where.
- Appreciate what’s around me and express it in poetry.
- Trust that what I have to say means something.
- Write from any mood, any time, anywhere; honoring my soul.
- Tell my stories, so others get a sense of transcending their own challenges; that by writing, they can learn from their own.
- Enliven myself – and to empower others.
- Assist my soul’s transformation – touch another soul.
- Speak through loved ones I’ve known; give them voice, and learn to understand them better.
- Gain entry to portals of deep wisdom and knowledge.
- Lift off from mundane and rediscover the poetic realm.
- Say a holy YES to life and try to be my best self.
- Make some money – hey, what a novel thought!
- I want to write because I must.
Remember You still Can~ Romance Your Writer Within And Reawaken Your Passion To Write.’
— Dr. Melba Burns
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