People who know me personally know that I can be an extremely intense person. For some, I’m much too intense emotionally and intellectually. I can be a bit overwhelming. And, without a doubt, a lot of that intensity spills over into my writing. Not always, but it can. And, that, my lovely readers, should be a good thing.
I received a response lately to something that I wrote about writing (isn’t that just my thing?) that talked about what he feels is lacking in most writing today is intensity. It was a lovely comment and it got me to thinking about what’s most important to me in writing. Yeah, I guess that’s intensity.
I was feeling like my writing was getting tired and my intensity was definitely fading when I was trying too hard to add “value” – whatever that is. Value should be like adding value to a conversation. After all, the blogosphere is just one big convoluted conversation. So, is social media. So, is the vlogosphere (is that a word?)
Really, writing poetry has long been my intensity outlet. I get really stuck on ideas sometimes, so that’s why I have to write it. I didn’t choose to be a writer; the craft chose me. It’s my first best method of expression. It’s not everyone’s, and that’s OK. But, whatever your mode of expression, don’t hold back the intensity. If you’re bowling over people with your words, your song, your art… you’re doing it right.
I began my first blog, The Prose Machine, with the idea of providing everyday down-to-earth experience with actionable advice. That’s what I’m going to keep doing with The Phoenix Desertsong. I am, however, going to be also centering discussions around mental health for creatives.
Whatever I end up writing about in the long run, I’m only going to write when I can deliver the right intensity. If I’m not “feeling it,” I’m no longer going to say, well, I need to post, so whatever. No, not whatever. If I’m sharing it, it’s gotta pack a punch.
I’ve ticked off a lot of people with my posts before. I need to get back to that. If you’re getting to people, it means you’re shaking their core. You’re challenging long-held beliefs, many of which are probably poorly-informed assumptions.
Remember. people believing some whack stuff doesn’t mean they’re bad people. Just the opposite. You need to make them think, however. It’s that you best do that.
Be you. Be intense. Bring intensity back, in whatever you do.
And then, you’ll bring sexy back, too.