Wednesday, October 17, 2012

eyes wide open: to discover creativity {day 17}

I've been reluctant to call myself a writer. I will say, I like to write. Not, I am a writer. Saying that I am a writer seems like I am bragging. I don't feel good enough to acknowledge I am a writer. But, I don't think other people are bragging when they say they are writers!? 

Taking part in this 31 days of blogging has been challenging. But, very fun. I am learning things about writing the more I write. I am learning not to compare myself with other writers. I am learning that not only do I have a voice as in speaking, I also have a writer's voice. At least I am maybe just beginning to get a little tiny bit of a glimpse of my writing voice. It is a journey of discovery.

I mentioned The Mindful Writer book on day one of the 31 days. It is a little book that is a quick read and it had some of the most encouraging words to me as I struggle to find my writing voice. I learned from that author that I am not the only one that struggles to find their writing voice. I am not the only one who struggles with creativity. 

I also picked up a book that my husband had checked out of the library. It was on creativity. I didn't read the whole book (because it was one of those "guy" business books), but the author did have some great quotes that I wrote down in my journal. I've since reread them several times for encouragement in writing. Hugh MacLeod says:

**Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won't. It's that simple. (there's how to find my voice!)

**People respond to the humanity, not the form. (whew!)

**Whether you're writing to an audience of one, five, a thousand, a million, ten million, there's really only one way to truly connect. Write from the heart.

That's what I'm learning. I am learning to write from the heart and to put my whole self into it. This has not come easy. It took me a long time to gain the courage to even write one blog post. But, I started writing regularly here in May of this year. And, here I am seventeen days into blogging every day in October.  I will  continue on....with joy in the journey!

see day 1 for a list of all 31 posts

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