A Sense Of Wonder Has To Fuel Your Writing
A sense of wonder has to fuel your writing. You have to allow yourself to be surprised by the unexpected
and unknown. And then be driven to write about your discoveries.
about what you see and seeking to bridge the unknown and mystery is what fuels your writing. Trying to fathom
what you do not understand and stretching yourself in the process forces growth.
Underlying all this is your sense of wonder. It comes and goes for most people. And you can’t
be overly concerned if life appears static and dull. It will change again when you least expect it to.
You have to pay attention within and without. And have the patience to note the simple things
occurring around you. Life is composed of many simple things. And miracles always occur around you.
You just have to pay attention. Your sense of wonder kindles your imagination and
fuels your writing. It gives it power.
Simplicity and clarity and
honesty go hand and hand in writing. And it always has to be personal–something your reader can grab, identify
with–the more honest the better.
Realize your personality always comes through
your writing. You can’t really hide who you are. It is really impossible to write anything without revealing
I made a decision a long time ago. I had to strive for simplicity
and clarity and honesty if I were to be any good as a writer.
You can not write
with clarity if you are not open. And then again striving for simplicity and clarity forces you to remain as open
as you can.
Readers usually appreciate honesty. And simplicity and clarity
and honesty go hand and hand so always strive for those qualities.
Perfectionism Is The Work Of The Devil
Perfectionism is the work of the devil. Let us take one area, writing. At each step, I must learn to
relax and accept my work. I have done my best and must rest.
The converse, is to tear out your hair and moan to yourself and tell yourself I could have done better (to whoever
you want to compare yourself to).
This attitude is counterproductive.
Always comparing yourself to someone else’s work splits your concentration. Being always concerned your work
does not match up (to whoever) weakens your work.
the best you can is to accept your results at every stage of your piece. There should be only one person you should
compare yourself to: and that is you.
You are unique.
Comparing yourself to anyone else really does not work. No one can be you. Trying at every stage to improve your
work is fine. But at every stage, learn to relax and accept the results.
And unfortunately when you write and are concerned whether your work matches up to anyone else, you eventually become
paralyzed and stop writing because you have become too anxious.
Wanting to get better and better is normal. And submitting your work to a trusted editor is good but learn
to relax and accept your results at every stage of the piece. This attitude preserves your sanity and enables you
to keep on writing.
There is only one you and no one likes
phonies so keep exploring in your writing the unique place you have in this world. And avoid the trap of perfectionism.
Then you will continue to write the best you can. And that should be your only goal–to become the best writer
you are capable of-and you will.