Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop. No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about.
Only six weeks into my blog, this is the time to say thank you. To all of you WordPressers. To those who took the time to read what I had to say, comment about it and ‘like’ my posts. You would not believe what this means to me.
I started this blog as a crazy idea. Just because I felt this is what I needed. Against all odds, which in my case means despite lack of any time to write. This is why I am a bit proud of myself… for taking part in Writing 101. I dreaded the thought of writing because I had to, as rather than pleasure, this might turn into a burden. I am so glad I registered for this course. You are the ones who made it worth it. Not just the idea of sharpening my writing skills, which, in itself, is great. It is your constant support, from the very beginning, which showed me that I had made the right decision to write.
You showed me that writing just because I feel the need to is not waste of time. As someone said, I write because I can. Not that I haven’t got enough on my plate. Having to write every day does stress me out, yes, cannot lie about it. But there is that something you need to feel complete, and for me this is my writing.
Thank you to the WordPress staff who ‘make’ me write every day. Tap on the shoulder: so far have not missed a day – even this fact by itself is something to be proud about. What I am more proud about is all the encouraging (even praising) comments from fellow bloggers. You, who have been writing here for much longer than me, made me feel so welcome here. You made me think that maybe I can write for real, not just for my own pleasure. Thank you for this.
One of my favourite singers became my inspiration. His name is DC Cooper. You can read all about why he inspires me on my blog, just click on the tag with his name to see what I have written about him. There is something about him that really hit me, which made me realise I had to start writing again. Something he said. ‘My gift from God is my voice. What I do with it is my gift back’. This is exactly how I feel about writing. Whether someone will want to read it or not, time will tell, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do: what you think you do well, regardless of what everyone else will say. Without the need to explain yourself or justify the reason. Simply because.
Especially when your closest environment is not that supportive.Just read on for one example… When I was younger, I managed to break through into a serious magazine publishing real literature in my home country. I was proud of it, and so were all my friends. After living in another country for many years, one day I decided to bring back the magazines where my stories were published. My proud and joy. With luggage restrictions in mind, I had to choose between leaving behind either my magazines, or a bottle of specific local type of alcohol which we always try to bring back from my home country. I, naturally, chose my stories over the drink. When unpacking at home, I got severely criticised for my choice: ‘WTF, how can you choose your stupid magazines over the alcohol!’ I froze in shock. Some months later I mentioned this to another member of that family, in expectation that she would agree that my magazines are indeed what I should have brought back home. To my even bigger shock, she agreed with my other half’s decision: I should have chosen the alcohol.
Am I the only one who values words more than spirit? I thought I was. Until I joined Writing 101. You brought back the faith in myself. This is why I write now: because this is who I am and because I know there are people out there who would be interested to read what I have to say.
And because there is one great man and artist who inspired me to do this in the first place. Thanks, DC.