Blocked

“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You've blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”

 

-Stephen King, On Writing: Memoir of the Craft

 

The above quote, written by one of the most renown fiction writers of modern day, speaks leagues of truth. Writing is tough. It can be frustrating. It can be exhilarating. It can be lonely. It can build community. At the very core, however, just sitting down and putting words on paper doesn't always come as one would easily want. If writing is to be meaningful and honest, one would think there is a right way of doing it. There needs to be a right message to convey. One needs to choose the right words that will keep the reader engaged. 

 

Some of that may be true. 

Of course, sitting your ass down and putting pen to paper (or perhaps keys to screen in this case) is the most crucial step of all. It doesn't matter what comes out of one's head if it doesn't find its way to be written. Any message, no matter how insignificant, won't be shared with the world if it is never put down on paper. 

 

Not every piece is going to be successful.

 

This experiment of writing and putting my thoughts so the world can see has been an interesting one to say the least. I want to write because it helps me make sense of the world. I enjoy telling stories and I enjoy hearing stories. It's an important part of what makes me human. Being a human can be a struggle at times.