My English composition class began this week, and so far, I'm loving the hell out of it. I love the questions I'm being asked to ponder and discuss. Some thoughts on writing (mine, in particular):
What it all boils down to, is the notion that the writing process is a personal ritual. Duane Alan Hahn said, "I write to teach myself what I already know." The rationale of this quote is something I can personally attest to. How this blog serves me, is that it allows me to reflect on the life experiences I go through, viewed from a "spiritual" perspective - because finding meaning in everyday life is something I naturally do, born a "spiritual seeker." So as I'm writing my posts, I'm writing what I already know about life and the Universe, as I've come to see it through books, videos, and experience. And as I test and ponder my philosophies against what I've actually lived, I'm making sense of them, explaining them, and celebrating all of it as my own personal truth.
From "The Artist's Way," by Julia Cameron, I took away in words what I intuitively sensed as true beforehand: that writing what comes naturally from our hearts and minds is actually a process of channeling our "Higher Self," or God, or whatever one chooses to call It. And that's why I appreciate Mr. Wally Lamb's quote so much: "Write the story for yourself, investigate what your truths are, and then have faith in it, and let the audience that's meant to find it, find it."
Knowing that the ideas flowing through a person are being given to them by some higher source, makes the process incredibly special. And so writing dishonestly or with some other motivation in mind, such as publishing, won't be nearly as joyful or success-bringing as relying on, and focusing on, what comes naturally channeled through you. My little blog is not brilliant. It's not "cool" or "socially relevant" - but it's apropos of me. It stirs and enlivens me - and if I'm lucky, someone will come across it and get something from it. But that would be secondary. Writing what's true for you is the goal, I think. And as the God of your understanding brings to you those words, that same Intelligence will bring to that material those who will benefit from reading it. It's all about writing what's true for you and letting the fruits of that process take care of themselves. Our only responsibility, as writers, is to remain faithful to our Truth - and to write, period.