I read about a psychologist who said we should strike the verb “to be” from our language. Instead of saying “I am a writer,” just say “I write.” Every person spends more time sleeping than any other process, but you rarely hear someone say, “Yeah, I’m a sleeper.”
So, you write, and usually you do something else to support your habit. It’s okay. But if you want to write something you have to start writing. I like this quote by Alan Watts, a British-born author and philosopher who spent most of his adult life living – and writing – in California.
“Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. So, write like you’re a death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say. Write like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything.
. . . Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king."
Watts' own writings, and there were many, reflect his keen interest in patterns that occur in nature and which are repeated in various ways and at a wide range of scales – including the patterns to be discerned in the history of civilizations. But, as I mentioned, he was a philosopher.
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