A writer must always be in motion. By motion, I don’t simply mean scribbling in a notebook or on diner napkins. I mean that a writer must always be constantly moving, reinventing on the fly, and never staying still.
It’s too easy to become too academic & too professional and lose that sense of motion in your writing. As a craft, writing is certainly one of the most difficult to master. How your words actually move people, creating that motion, is the most difficult aspect of writing to grasp.
Writing in motion makes people get up and do something. Too often writing is thought of as a sedentary activity, but in reality, it’s not. Like any human endeavor, it requires building momentum in order to succeed. Great writing engages the mind and then inspires action.
To say I’m an expert in writing in motion would be quite incorrect. I’m merely beginning to understand that it’s important that I better understand the skill of writing in motion. We all do. We writers get stuck far too often spinning our wheels in the mud. Other parts of our lives must involve motion. Otherwise, as writers, we find ourselves staying in neutral all too much.
Too often I find my writing bogged down with overwritten phrases. There’s excess fluff created almost for the sole purpose of looking smarter than I am. As a writer, and as a person, I often have felt inadequate. I made up for this by trying to be something I wasn’t. I’m not a classical writer, nor should I try to mimic classic writers to mold myself into something I’m not.
I’ve spent years becoming the writer I was meant to be. This is who I am. I should embrace it. We should all embrace who we are and use writing as a tool to reflect and teach others what we’ve learned. We shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to one another. Writing is often treated like a contest, and it really shouldn’t be.
If you put pen to paper or you spill any kind of digital ink, you’ve already thrown yourself into the wild and wacky arena of prose. Just because one writer is more skilled than another doesn’t mean that you are any less a writer than another. Some of us have to work harder than others, but it all pays off in the end. Every writer, every person, has his or her weaknesses and strengths. Building those strengths while minimizing weaknesses is as true in writing as it is in anything else.
By constantly working on this or that, you remain in motion. Writing just to write is simply not enough for me. I have to be moving forward in one way or another. That’s really what we all as writers should be doing!
Is your writing moving you forward? Or is it stuck in neutral, or even in reverse? Don’t fret. If you just stay in motion, and never stop trying things, you’ll find something worth writing. Not only will you write something that moves you forward, but you can move others as well with your words. That’s the best result a writer can get. Let’s all work for that!
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.