When I first started writing and sharing on my blog, someone remarked in a surprised tone, “I didn’t know you were so deep!” I was even more surprised by her remark and more than a little upset. I thought she knew me well. It’s only some years later, that I realized that my writing used to be much deeper and reflective than my conversations. I’ve tried to bring about a congruence between what I write and what I speak. But I do realize that when you are writing, you are sharing your depth much more than you do in any other form of communication.
I recently got myself a copy of Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life. Skimming through it, as I do with all non-fiction, I came across an idea that really struck me deeply:
We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.Julia Cameron
Sharing Your Depth
It’s amazing how when you give yourself to writing from your heart, experiences flow from your subconscious into words and expressions you almost didn’t know existed within you. It seems as if you are being taken over by a Higher Power that you really have no control over. It’s scary and it’s wonderful at the same time.
You wonder where you are getting these ideas and thoughts from. Then you realize how you as a writer have been processing experiences all these years – storing them as sights, sounds, tastes and smells.
You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot—it’s all there.~ Maya Angelou
It is imperative that you go deep within yourself and bring out these memories. Share them. Let them resonate with someone else somewhere.
Today, I invite to go more deeply with your writing. Start sharing your depth. It will surprise others. But most of all you might surprise yourself!
A couple of months ago, we introduced #WritingWednesday on The Frangipani Creative. Do join us.
Fiction: Two teens get caught at the top of a roller coaster in a tale of love at first sight. (Credit)
Non-fiction: Do you find yourself in a “happiness rat race,” competing with your friends or family to be the happiest? (Credit)