“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
— Louis L’Amour
There are no better words to start off a blogpost on writing than those of Louis L’Amour.
“The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
If you are reading this blog chances are that you are a creative person. Wether you are an artist, an entrepreneur or a blogger like myself. You are in fact a creative person, and we creative are a very different sort of people.
We creators are filled to the brim with ideas and stories our hearts are yearning to tell. Yet for some reason it happens that we never truly do tell those stories. No, for many creators these ideas are nothing more than figments of an increasingly creative imagination.
However for the few of us that choose to sit down and write down our ideas, those figments become tangible. Sometimes we create sculptures, paintings, books, novels, games, and all sorts of beautiful art that can persist for the rest of time or whilst away as quickly as you can close a browser window.
How then does this tie back to writing? Well it all goes back to the quote, “The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Every day when I sit down to work, the very first thing I do is open a new Word document, sometimes it’s one of my 100’s of Journal pages that I use while I work just to jot down ideas on my most recent project. Other times it’s the script for the next page of Valle de Los Muertos (http://patreon.com/valledelosmuertos) but the trend is very apparent.
For me writing is as integral as drawing or painting. Because my mind cannot instantly create, it must follow a process of withering down all the extra noise from my environment down to a single concept/idea or finished painting.
Sitting down to write is the way I use to slowly understand all the noise that is in my brain. All the information I want to share to the world. Sitting down to write at least 2hours a week helps me understand myself better.
The art of writing is the art of making, is the art of being. When you write your thoughts, your daily routine; you open your heart to self-examination. You start to notice patterns of thoughts, patterns of behaviors and even work patterns that are keeping you from being your greatest self.
An self-observing mind is an ever-growing mind.
Grab that pencil, and jot down your ideas, or better yet. Tell us how write has helped you understand yourself better, down in the comments section below. Turn on the faucet and let the water run.