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Monday, December 7, 2020

'Stop Aspiring and Start Writing'

 “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." - Alan Watts 


Born in Great Britain in 1915, Watts was a well-known philosopher and prolific writer, whose work reflects 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.

He wrote more than 25 books and articles on religion and philosophy, introducing the emerging hippie counterculture to the Way of Zen, one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.


 He 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, the secret to success is "start writing."



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