Like the right to free speech, we also are given the right to put our thoughts on paper or on the web for others to share.
When I get going with my writing I look for inspiration. Sometimes I’ll go for ages without writing anything and then I get my fingers unlocked and type away. The computer has helped a lot because I am basically lazy. I hated having to retype something just because I made a silly error.
My daughter introduced me to Julia Cameron and her book The Artist’s Way. I liked it, but got lazy, busy or whatever and put it away. Now I’ve found another of her books. This time it might just sink in that I can do this. I can write. I even want to write.
In her introduction, Cameron asks “Why should we write?” Her answer is worth sharing:
We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance as well.”
She has many more reasons to give, but I want to share the fantasy with which she ends this introduction:
“I have a fantasy. It’s the pearly gates. St Peter has out his questionnaire, he asks me the Big Question, ‘What did you do that we should let you in?’
‘I convinced people they should write,’ I tell him. The great gates swing open.”
Maybe one of my answers to St. Peter will be: “I wrote. I used the talent God gave me”