I'm bringing back Power Monday this week. I have been reading some great articles on writing and being a writer lately. In my UW (University Writing) class, we have been having some great discussions about writing and revision (obviously) as well. Let's just say, writing has been on my mind a lot and I really feel like expressing my feelings for it in writing (pun intended).
When you first learn how to write, you start with simply forming letters on wide lined paper with dotted lines, helping you to craft the letters as your shaky unfamiliar little hand experiences a new form of art for the first time. Those letters (more like vague symbols in the beginning) are crooked and bent, looking like you wrote them while jumping on a trampoline. With much practice though, you start to connect those letters into words and then into sentences with "two-finger-spaces" in between. I remember one of the first "stories" I ever wrote in Kindergarten was actually just a drawing of my brother with squiggly wave-like lines underneath it. I loved the story and was proud of it. It was all about my big brother Jimmy. My teacher asked me what is said. Even though no one could read it (since all that was on the page was up and down lines), I knew what it said. I "read" it perfectly and already knew I wanted to write again...and again.
However, during my teen years I really hated writing. I just didn't feel like I could express what I wanted effectively. Too many words with not enough meaning. No one could possible understand the thoughts I wanted to get down. I just could not find he words to explain things right. I was frustrated I couldn't eloquently craft the perfect essay or the perfect story anymore. My ideas were dried up and my words were stuck behind a wall. Really though, I created that block, that lack of confidence. I made writing a chore and I forgot about the beauty of the art that is was. I forgot about my younger years, care-free writing, just for fun, crafting silly stories in memo books. Just letting my mind connect with my hand and create something beautiful on the pages.
That's why I was a bit nervous about starting a blog. I was not a writer in the way I thought I had to be. I had so much to share, but I wasn't sure I would be able to do it. Thankfully, through this blog I regained that love of effortless creation. I learned again how beautiful words could be if you just let them come, nothing forced, just wait for those moments and then let your mind and hand go wild on the page.
More recently, my UW class has also increased my love for writing again. I think I really know the power that written words have now. It is beautiful and can be so raw; such a moving way to express yourself and your thoughts. Writing is the yoga of the mind. Just like I have found the wonders of expression through moving my body with yoga, I have found those same things through the movement of the hand in writing. The flowing of letters on a page, the release I get when I make my thoughts visible.
Writing is powerful. That is simply what it is...power. It is the power to express yourself. The power to move a crowd and provoke thought. The power to tell a story and have it remembered and tangible for years to come. It gives you the power to get angry, sad, forgive, put your accomplishments into words. It is the power to empty out your mind and release any struggle or stress that is clouding your vision. It gives you the power to craft something of your own, not just make something, but craft it. You find the power of your own style, flow and you discover things hidden in your mind that you didn't know were there.
Writing is a beautiful art of the thoughts and dreams of the mind that is painted for all to see with the hand. Anyone can write. Anyone can craft something amazing. Every thought, idea, dream, feeling, belief, opinion, hope, and worry you have is important and worthy enough to be written. Your writing has power, every word does, even when you may not believe it yourself. The more you write though, the more your confidence and love for the power you feel, will grow. Your writing will become an outlet. You will begin to make time for random stories, thoughts, and ideas to be written down on scraps of paper, napkins, the back of the cereal box. You won't want any of those words to be forgotten. You will write and you will see the power and wonder that writing is.
So tell me:
+ Do you enjoy writing?
+ Why is writing powerful to you?
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