You Are Not Alone

Recently, I’ve had an amazing burst of productivity, brought on by deadlines, meetings and the need to put food on the table. Unfortunately, this past week has felt more like drudgery. You know those times – when writing feels like work.

It’s as if my muse has gotten her period, and I sit here, helplessly wondering if I should entice her from her self-imposed exile by offering her carbs, Midol, wine, or a combination of all three.

If I have learned one lesson in life, it is that if you wish to be a writer, you cannot wait for inspiration to strike. You have to muddle through, one letter at a time. You must write, every single day, whether you want to or not.

If writing was to be expressed as a physical equation, it would probably be expressed as \mathbf{F} = m \mathbf{a}, the equation for linear momentum. Writing has its own energy, and that energy must be constantly moving forward. Sometimes at the speed of light, more often than not at the pace of the tortoise, but it is always in motion. Always.

There’s a funny thing about momentum; it is self-actualizing. Momentum begets momentum. And, there is something else – momentum is not defined as simply the motion – it is also expressed as the power within that motion.

Your words are powerful. They can break hearts; they can destroy nations. They can also raise the human spirit to great heights. They offer comfort and joy. They let us know that we are not alone.

So, dear ladies and lords of the court, next time you find yourself hiding from your writing; next time your Muse is nowhere to be found, try this:

Sit down. Realize that we’re all in this together. 

You are not alone. I’m right there with you.

Now, go write.

HRH – Princess Scribe

What I am reading: I’m yearning for something… epic. Suggestions?

What I am watching: HEREAFTER is on its way.

A Royal Shout Out: To friend and fellow scribe, the deaf muslim Punk playwright Sabina England. Add screenwriter and producer to her creds. Sabina wanted to make a film, so she donned a huge pair of cajones and wrote, produced and directed the short “Wedding Night,” recently screened at the Oxford International Women’s Film Festival. You go, girl. I’m so proud of you!

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4 Responses to You Are Not Alone

  1. Great blog post! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Bryan says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I heard this principle expressed in a similar way: Beethoven didn’t just wake up one morning and wait for the inspiration, he was always composing. When I hit the blank paper wall, I do like you say, and just continue putting something on paper, usually a conversation between two characters. Usually its banal and of poor quality. The next day I can look at it, and know that I exercised my writing muscle and move on. Thanks, again, I enjoy reading your blogs.

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