I’ve heard it be said, “Write what you know.” Write the pain, write the joy, write the injustice…write your dreams. For “dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you” (Marsha Norman). And there should always be a purpose for what you write, for what other reason would your soul desire it? Passion does not speak in whispers, but shouts like thunder from something deep within. And so many people have that stirring within them, but they never write it down; they never share their story or put pen to paper to breathe life into that idea. They are waiting for a moment when their everyday life slows down and they have “more time” to do so. Life is all about time. It’s what you do with it that counts. And I’ve never known anyone who gained time. “It is never too late to be what you might’ve been” (George Eliot). To tell the story that must be told, to speak your voice while your candle is still lit.
I believe that we are all creators, that every single one of us has something to say; that we all have an idea burning deep inside us. Ironic how these ideas often burst forth after listening to a piece of music, or while driving on the freeway in the middle of rush-hour traffic where you hope you can hold onto the idea long enough to write it down. The sordid humor of the muses. I am writing this blog to summon the muse within you. I want more stories in the world, more ideas, more words that take me to far-off places, imaginary worlds, adventurous places; ones that move me beyond any emotion I have ever felt–whether it be to drive me to anger, laughter or woe; more stories that open my mind, make me think…make me see. I want more choices, and I want those choices to be good. And what I have known, is that nothing holds more true than when someone writes from their own experience. Write what you know… Experience elevates the ideals, speaks directly to the human heart, and ultimately binds us together by a single thread of common yearning and understanding–that we all have a song to be sung.
“Change the world with words…be the soul of the age.”
-From the film Anonymous
Be the soul of the age…William Shakespeare holds the title. But what about you? All you writers, screenwriters, songwriters, and poets…what about you? What are your words? What is the song of your soul? What is the story brewing within you waiting to be told? And more importantly…why are you waiting to tell it?
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” – J.R.R. Tolkien