Anyone who writes will know exactly what I mean.
No, not “just right.” Just write.
If like me you’re trying to fit your passion for writing around a full-time job, family commitments, etc., then you know that finding a good time and place to write can be challenging. Add to that the desire to write about a great topic, which is rarely an easy find, and often you’ll find yourself not writing anything.
Hence the long periods of silence in this blog.
Still, I’m enough of a perfectionist that my search for the best time and place to write, or a knock-it-out-of-the-park topic, has long stood in the way of the very thing that brings me joy — the simple act of writing. The exercise of the creative muscle between my ears, leading me to place characters, spaces, and punctuation in a row on a page in a way that communicates meaning to others.
So the point of this post is just this: Creativity is in the doing, not in the finished product. A published blog post is a written record of a past expression, but it’s from the past. The joy comes from the actual writing, not just from the end result of whatever you’re creating, be it a poem, short story, novel, or whatever.
American writer William Faulkner, author of The Sound and the Fury, among many other books and short stories, said it best when he said this:
I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.
Faulkner’s message is simple. No matter whether you feel inspired, just start writing. The inspiration will come, in whatever form God has for you that day.
You have my permission to go ahead and write today, right now. You’re welcome.