on writing


I would like to take a moment to talk about what writing does to me. But not the type of writing I've been doing for the last 2 1/2 years as a freelancer. Rather, the type of writing I've been doing for just the last month. The get-sucked-into-the-narrative style of writing, where commas, periods, and breaks are just as important as the words themselves. This style of writing has me sitting for hours (and I mean hours), typing away, totally sucked into the work. It's the style of writing that has me realizing it's dark long after the sun went down. For me, writing is my craft and I feel most alive when doing it.

I've said this before, but writing these stories has awakened something in me that I didn't know existed. For the last 2 1/2 years in Korea, I've been feeling like something inside of me was dying. While this may sound dramatic to some of you, I think for all my creative people out there who haven't been able to express themselves creatively, you can attest to that feeling. Mark reminds me of a time when I'd be so frustrated at the end of the day even when the day went perfectly well. At the time, I didn't know what it was, but now with a before and after to compare, it's imperative that I continue doing what I'm doing. I was made to be creative, so to live a life without doing so means that a huge part of me is inoperative. 

A pastor at our church, Marcus Corpening, said something to me the other night that really hit home. He said, "Writing to you is what a poem is to me." As a spoken word artist, a poem to him is something more than just a few stanzas on paper. It's the way he was made to express. In the same way, writing a 3000-word piece on someone's incredible story isn't just 3000 words in a Word document. It's a narrative that not only takes the reader on the subject's journey, but the writer's journey as well. My voice, my form of expression.

Whether you're a writer, a painter, a rapper, a photographer, or a vintage-clothing curator, take a moment to celebrate your craft. It's a beautiful thing.


Jamie said...

Its the passion that we share with others who are willing to appreciate it.

Thanks lady for this wonderful post and reminder to celebrate what it is I love doing.

Sharon.Mom.Granny.Aunt Sharon said...

I am praying that you will never again have to delay creating something beautiful.

melody said...

perfect explanation.

Mark said...

You got style my love. I didn't fall in love with because of it (i.e. the first time we met, you rocked Abercrombie jean shorts). But I've fallen in love with watching you develop such amazing style. Especially in your writing.