IT’S FAIR TO SAY IT’S BEEN a difficult week. Is that a way to start an article on motivation? Stick with it. I promise there’s a point.
First, let’s cut to the chase: difficult weeks don’t bode well for poor words. You have work to do, you find you suddenly have no work, you have the rent or mortgage to pay, you have the children sitting at the table with open mouths like baby birds. Words don’t like this sort of emotional environment: the fizz that makes them happen shrivels away.
Stop! What are you thinking? Sure, it’s rather blasé to say don’t worry about paying those pesky bills and sit and chew the end of a pencil in lazy reflection on fictional lives instead. However, and here’s the point, dear reader, words are therapy. Yes. Make time to look after yourself. Write. When you’re stable of mind and spirit because words have settled you, amazing things happen out there in the world: you’re able to see the way the world is.
Well, that’s how it happens for me anyway. I’m going to keep this all short and sweet: writing is breathing. Breathe. It’s what you do. It is the power within you.
I’m off to write, and breathe.
– Carter O’Reilly