It woke me up. A clear crystalized idea for the story I am writing. Right before I had drifted off to sleep, it came tumbling through my mind.
At first I lay in bed wondering if I should get up. After a few minutes, I quietly found my phone and quickly typed up the thought, attempting not to wake my husband.
Creativity is easy to miss, or is it?
We have thousands of thoughts each day. It’s easy to drown out the white noise of our thoughts. Great writers have learned to pay attention. Most of them carry note-taking devices like fans hoping for an autograph. The difference is that writers are not looking for a person’s signature.
Writers seek out and wait for revelation. It may come in a person, an overheard comment, the sunlight or a strange juxtaposition. They wait, ready to put the treasures of life into words with the purpose of giving them away. We write to be read.
Then there are those who wait, “I think about writing and would like to write someday.” These dreamers leave their notepads and pens at home. Some of the revelations they come across are remembered, but most are forgotten.
Are you a writer or a dreamer?
I was a dreamer for a long time, thinking about writing more than I wrote. My tired mind felt as though it was writing, but all it had done was think about writing.
Now that I am writing more than I am legitimately tired. Not from thinking about writing, but from the process of writing: brainstorming, elaborating, formatting, fixing, restating and editing.
It’s a good tired. The kind that leaves you feeling productive.
My writing reminder to myself this week is to keep writing real words instead of dreaming about writing.
When we care deeply for something, it’s easy to avoid. “What if I get this wrong?”
May you find the courage to do that which you dream about.
What are you hoping to make a reality this week?
I love hearing from you.