For me, writing is less about the mechanics and more about feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I want to improve my writing skills, especially since I believe improving them will help in the exploration and expression of my inner most thoughts.
Writing here helps me do something I can do in no other way. I am able to openly express myself without the fear of reprisals. Yes, I can receive nasty notes and responses (and I have) or I may have to abide by submission guidelines or other forms of conformity but, I can be the thing I want to be the most…myself. There is a sense of freedom I derive by choosing to express myself in an environment that’s consensual. Neither of us, writer or reader has to be here and because we all seem to want to be here, there is a connection that goes beyond the how-to’s of the written word.
The allure of diversity and the convening of distinctive styles and qualities draws me into the web of this muse. I feel as if I am connecting with a piece of myself that I was unaware of when I reach into my inbox and see a story from Bridget Webber, Elle Rogers or Agnes Louis. Yes, when they applaud, submit or respond it touches a piece of my feminine creating a sense of wholeness that may not have been there in any other way.
I also reach into my masculine nature when I read Tim Denning, Nicolas Cole, Thomas Plummer, or Ayodeji Awosika and so many others. It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, there’s a connection for me, and that’s the reading portion. When I write, even during rejection, I’m touching pieces of my soul whether it’s the lifelong learner in me trying to participate by teaching or the romantic sexuality within me that’s unwittingly attempting to reveal itself.
Writing here in this moment is exactly where I am supposed to be. I often say, “nothing has to happen.” It’s my way of taking the pressure off of myself, of not having to be perfect or see myself that way. I’m here because I enjoy it, because I want to share that enjoyment with others and encourage them to know that if you want something…go after it. Do it! Not for any other reason than it is what you want to do. It’s worth it!
Experiment with life! Determine that you will experience whatever it is that your intuition, soul, or spirit is leading you to…and do it now. Have fun with the expression of your self. Let me know how it turns out! I’d love to read your story!