Friday, September 26, 2014

Forging Your Path

By Sarah Reichert

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” 
― Winston Churchill

Hey, you.  Yeah, you.  The one banging your head against the keyboard, wondering why you quit your day job.  I hear the click of your forehead on the keys.  Or you, over there, organizing your sock drawer, avoiding the words all together.  Or you, yeah I see you… the guy in the back, crumpling up page after page of half-written thoughts.  I’ve been you.  Some days, I still am you.

We writers cling to the ideal, don’t we?  We fight for the archetype of vast inspiration that carries us through the dark to the place where words flow easily, proper punctuation falls into place and spelling-checks are unnecessary.  We fight for the occasion when our words rip guts and heal wounds.  When our words build worlds and tear down walls.  Or at least they would… if they were discovered by the right people, in the way we expect them to.
When our writing stalls or goes unrecognized, it’s like watching a beautiful garden withering away.  It’s watching a childhood tree house, the adventure and salvation of youth, weathered by storm and time, sitting empty in the branches that we cannot climb anymore.  When it stalls so do we.

I say, to you writers, you artists, you dreamers and idea-makers, that your craft does not always travel farthest on the path you set.  Your craft is in you, and you are a spectacular source, boundless and endless.  All that you really may need is a new outlet.  Throw your wild joy and pain into every facet you can find.  The world needs your elation, and sorrow.  The world needs your words.

I write novels, and they will always be the genre I'm most comfortable with.  But until those six-figure offers start to roll in (insert weak laugh here), I will try and stay open to new opportunities for my writing.  I will purposefully seek out new ways to expand my writing.

Say it with me, you hopeless-head-to-keyboard-banging writer: 

I will pave new ways (blogs, newspapers, magazines, forums, reviews and editorials) for my words to find the light of the reader.  I will invest in myself.  I will dig my hands into the earthy damp of my potential.  I will climb the lofty branches, fearlessly, and build a new tree house. 

What will you do this week…this day, to invest in your writing?  Which different venues will you try to gift your words to the world?


John Paul McKinney said...

I'm going to write a poem! Maybe that'll loosen up the gears that are stuck, so I can get the writing engine going again. Thanks for reminding us to stop banging our heads.

Sarah Reichert said...

Thanks John Paul! You are an inspiration to me. You've already done a lot of good things when it comes to being diverse as a writer.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm going to finish a short story--romance instead of crime fiction. I started it a long time ago and finally figured out how I could end it without killing someone. It's hard to switch gears like that. :D

Sarah Sullivan said...

I'm going to take a long overdue class! Thanks for the encouragement.

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