Every once in a while, I find I need to make a rededication to writing. I’m sure many writers do this, but I find about every year, I’m making another one. I ask myself, why do I really write?
When I blog, I seek to provide life experience with actionable advice. But, what does that mean? Sometimes, I aim to be motivational, even when I’m not feeling that inspirational. Essentially, I want whoever reads what I write to relate to it somehow. It’s even better to be able to take away something useful from reading what I write.
As I write this, the poet in me has reawakened. While I don’t want to sound all sing-songy, I want my writing to read better. The flow and meter of my words, even in prose, have become of paramount importance to me. I still get so caught up in long sentences at times, though. While I do better with this now, I can still greatly improve. I want my writing now to feel more like free verse poetry. Who wants to just read yet another article?
What Prompts a Rededication to Writing?
When you feel your writing isn’t doing what it should, it’s time for a rededication. Ask yourself, what brings you alive through the written word? If your writing doesn’t bring you alive, then you’re doing it wrong.
So, what brings me alive through writing? It’s finding connections between things that didn’t seem to go together before. I find in my poetry that ideas that don’t seem to develop well in prose gain new life in verse.
I wrote many free verse poems before. I still write them here and there as the words demand it. But, as I’ve been minding meter and rhyme scheme more, the poetry has become far richer. Also, sometimes when you go to force rhyme schemes, verses can go in directions you never expected. Sometimes, things go off the rails, of course. But, other times you make something cool. That’s what I live for in writing: to put words together in new ways that create new and cool ideas.
There’s a reason that reading and writing are the two major skills that everyone must learn and develop. You never stop getting better at reading or writing. That’s why it’s imperative to do both early and often, even if you’re not a full time writer. It’s good for your mind.
Your Mind is Your Greatest Resource. Feed it. Nurture it.
I continue to go back and revise some of my older work. Sometimes, that means I have to reimagine a lot of my old work, especially the further back in my archives I go. The ideas within often seem trapped in between the words.
Have you ever felt that way? You write endlessly, but what you want to really say never really comes. I feel that way a lot. I used to seem to care more about the words themselves than what they actually say together in concert.
I know I’ve written plenty that resonates with others. But, many times, I feel I come up short. That’s a writer’s life: always trying to find a better way to say something. At times, you’re saying pretty much the same thing, but in a thousand different ways. This just happens.
None of us are ever going to be perfect. Remember, in the end, it’s all about your effort. The more you put into something, both when you’re at your best and at your worst, the more you’ll get out of it.
A Rededication to Writing is About Sticking to Just Getting the Words Out
Writing is a strange animal. Some of us can only do it a few minutes at a time. Others pour our entire lives into it. But it’s just getting to do it that matters. The more time you can put into it the better, but just getting started and sticking with it actually matters more.
I’ve found that reading more than writing is actually fine. It’s perfectly OK to take in more ideas than you put out. That’s actually been better for me. Otherwise, I find the writing well begins to go dry.
Even when I focus more on my poetry, some things still read better in prose. No matter what, the prose machine inside my head will never die. I’ll keep trying to give actionable advice from my life experience. I feel like that’s something a great writer must do.
So, my advice for you today: when you’re feeling stuck or down, it’s good to rededicate yourself to writing, or whatever else it is that brings you alive. If you can’t, you should be doing it differently or trying something new that excites you.
Also, keep in mind, just because someone’s done something before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it better!
~ Amelia <3