Brooke is taking this Friday off to enjoy some travel time with her family. In her place we have guest blogger and NCW member Dean Miller
I’ve finally accepted that all things in my life don’t have to lead somewhere; they can be strong in the place they currently occupy. The seawall does not move. It occupies a place. It is simply there. Likewise, my undirected writing can exist just on paper. Someday it may join a future piece or past effort. But for now, it’s okay to write just for the sake of capturing thoughts and giving them a place to be.
After taking a deep breath, well several really, I write without a destination in mind. At first it felt strange, most likely because it was new. Now I’m more comfortable when my writing sessions head off in an unknown direction. Maybe just getting a few words spilled across the page, like an upturned box of Post Alpha-Bits cereal, will be enough to satisfy my writing hunger. Bits and pieces may fall to the floor, but the wonder of writing—and the wonder of words—allow the voice of my soul to sing again.
How about you? Can you let your words decide which way they’ll go, only when they are good and ready? Or do you map out their journey and hold their hand the entire way?
Dean K Miller is a member of NCW. His blog, "And Then I Smiled" can be found at: www.deankmiller.blogspot.com. He writes a monthly on-linefly fishing article for Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel, and just debut an on-line serial titled "The River Zen" found at www.flyfishingcrazy.com.