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Sarah K. Peck, on writing
This is from an older posting for Sarah, and so her specific call to action there is over, but I liked these two paragraphs and wanted to share them here:
Writing, to me, counteracts the busy-ness and near insanity of the media blitz world we live in of hyperconnectivity. With media, consumption and networking, I dip into it, I grow my addictions, and I blissfully engage in the beauty of interactivity. And then, for hours, quietly and simply, I depart. I escape to my notebooks, my pens, my walks, my runs, my swimming. Swimming can’t take social media with it – I don’t think it ever will – and I feel the same way about writing. When I write, I am with me – and only me. My brain is focused, challenged, quiet, still – and I have to create something, pull something outside of myself and put it into the world.
Writing is terrifying for most people. But you must – you must create, for you have to get outside yourself to really see yourself. What you think you know you must look at and see, at that involves pulling and pushing and moving it around, outside of your head. Take it from within you and put it outside and play with it. Feedback is terrifying, scary, painful, personal, and fundamentally necessary. Without it we stagnate, we sit, we fester – we stay the same. And in a constantly changing world, iteration, adaptation and growth are paramount.
And I join her in this encouragement:
Better writing, like anything, comes through practice. Each time I set a commitment and embrace a challenge, I am amazed at my growth – and the things I learn about myself and the world. Without quite knowing what I’m going to write about, I discover more about myself than I imagined I could. Good luck – and happy writing.
From the Talking Story archives: Writing is for Thinking