Somehow I believe that writing was one way to let something of lasting value emerge from my little quickly passing life.
Most students think that writing means writing down ideas, insights, visions. THey feel that they must first have something to say before they can put it down on paper. For them writing is little more than recording a pre-existent thought. But with this approach true writing is impossible. Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals what is alive…The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know.
-Henri Nouwen, as quoted by Philip Yancey in his book The Soul Survivor “
I discovered this site during some web searching for writing tips. I have to admit that it gave a different perspective to the “why am I writing” question. In my late fifties and starting this new adventure seems a little . . . hmmm . . . late(?). At the same time I do find that I am almost drowning in ideas and phrases, plots and characters. I want to write everything down and then I get a pen in my hand and my head goes blank . . . lol. I am just going to walk down this path and see where it takes me. Feel free to come along!