I still remember, it was 2010 and one day this urge to write something was really calling from within. I never actually felt I could be a writer…in fact I was not really a voracious reader of any novels or stories in general to make me believe I could write myself. Most people feel you need to be a good reader before becoming a writer, but this is certainly not the case as I discovered myself. It’s almost as if there were subtle signs or indications telling me I should start some form of writing. At the time I was really keen to start something new, some form of creation or art that would perhaps give some solace to my soul. And so it was I picked my pen and began writing a poem. Here’s the key to my writing: I generally only write when there is a calling from within or some thought to write about when it appears at a time when I am not looking for material. It’s that phenomenon when your mind is relaxed and not searching, an idea or a solution to a problem just suddenly appears from nowhere.
I must say having started writing a poem first, I was hooked. No where did I intend to start writing with a Poem first. From that point onward I decided to start writing as a passion because I felt it would become a creative outlet. In the last 4 years my writing styles and genres have changed, but when I reflect back on my ambition and desire to become a writer, I also see there are many different reasons why I actually write which I wanted to put down here for all to read.
First, writing for me is about going into a space where I can bring out that which I truly desire to share with others. Most creative people, whether it’s in the arts or media, will tell you that for them their creative space is for them to express their talents and to entertain people in general. It’s in very few cases that someone will tell you that they write because of the love of money (though I see this as a result of expressing your passion, not because you intended to write for money). Some people have asked me whether I ever fear actually telling or writing about sides of me which some people would be uncomfortable about; the truth is because it is put out on a blog like mine, in a way it allows me to express myself to an array of a reading audience, in a space where I am comfortable. Sometimes writing for me is not about being comfortable, it’s about expressing something that is strong in my mind or something I feel I need to share.
Second, when I want to write, I don’t plan a topic or idea beforehand; this is a big key to my writing. Like any creative expression, writing for something will come when I have an urge or desire to express something, just like I am doing for this piece which arose from my desire to express in truth why I actually write. Sometimes I can get an idea at the odd hour; I once had a thought for a poem around 2am and decided there and then to just start writing. Writing when there is a calling within gives me the greatest satisfaction because it’s my soul that is speaking, not something my Ego has said it wants to express. Writing spontaneously gives me fulfillment.
Third, writing for me can be therapeutic. Now this may cause some contentious debates, but what I am implying is that writing helps me to bring out that which I am thinking at a time, releasing a thought that perhaps needs to be released in order to allow my soul to become fulfilled, not leaving it within the ‘body’. There are many writers and bloggers who write because they find it as a therapeutic journey, allowing themselves to express themselves freely and writing what they honestly feel. I know many celebrities run their own blogs or have their own journals because it helps to show them where they are as a person and how their spiritual growth is progressing.
Fourth, I write because I want to get people to think. When I say ‘think’ I mean going at a deeper level within their subconscious to challenge their beliefs and dogma on certain principles. This is one of the reasons why I started an Opinion category for my blog because I felt it would be an area where my own beliefs and dogmas would be challenged. Such challenges also help me grow as a person, in spirituality and general fulfillment. What I express may not always be agreeable for others, but that’s besides the point; remember I write to express myself, to entertain people on something they may actually enjoy reading.
Finally, I write with no specific objective or desire to be applauded or lauded. When a writer begins to write with such objectives in mind, that’s when their creative juices become stemmed; the Ego is just stepping in and not actually expressing what the Soul really wants to express.
So where to from here? If all is according to Destiny and the Universal Gods, I would like to use my writing to reach people in many locations, becoming a teacher on certain principles, educating them as well. That’s the mystery around writing, you never know where it can take you; great scholars and spiritual teachers started growing in their vocations through writing. Many great stories from sages and saints were also passed down through their own writings. I truthfully hope that my writing can become a source of inspiration and education as well. Even if this doesn’t I will still continue to write for the passion and fulfillment it gives me.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my well wishers over the years for encouraging me to become a writer, allowing me to express myself fully to the best of my ability. GOD BLESS!
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