Writing about writing

2012 July 01 - journal

Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and others.

Henri Nouwen

As we write, draw, doodle, we slow down, draw deeper, clarify and reveal what is important to us. As we form letters, create sentences and paragraphs, we discover that which is transformative within us and for us. Meaning emerges as we commit our thoughts to paper or screen.

And I’ve come to realise that waiting until the note, letter, article, blog post is perfectly crafted, honed and polished is folly. Polishing comes later – if at all. Go ahead and post, submit, publish. Our lives are unfinished, why should our writing be otherwise? Of course, I want to improve my writing, but the main point is to tell my story, to explore my thinking, to make connections – which is the intended purpose of this oft-neglected blog.

Henri Nouwen also said:

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.

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