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As A Writer, You Have But One Job

Writing is something I have enjoyed for as long as I can remember. Despite this love of the craft, I have no idea how this came to be.

The Point of Writing

In its purest form, writing is simple. You decide what you want to write about, you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard in this instance, and you’re away.

For me, it is simply because I cannot NOT write!

I have to write. I have to thrash out whatever emotions and thoughts are swirling around inside of me so that I can make sense of them and hopefully help other people make sense of similar thoughts too.

Turning Life Into Art

Writing is a volatile experience. Often the best writing comes from deep within, in places that we rather not explore. It is from our darkest recesses that our best work develops.

A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.

Our jobs as writers are to tap into all that we experience around us, all that we have experienced and make sense of it. There is not much more to it than that. Our whole life is a resource that should dip in and out of.

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”

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