WRITERS WRITE

WRITERS WRITE

Everybody says it.  It’s probably even true:  “Writers write.”  They write because they can’t NOT write.  The whole not-writing thing is unsatisfactory.  They feel unsettled if they don’t capture the thoughts they think somehow….

And the best thing about writing, of course, is having written.  Then you can go do other things.

So…you want to be a Writer?  Write.  Every day.  Write.  You don’t have to use high-falutin’ words.  You can make lists.  You can make notes to yourself or to somebody else.  You can look at the world around you and check out what everybody else is doing, and then you can write.  You can unpack your head and look at all the stuff seething in there and then…write.

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  If you’re a poet, you don’t even have to be grammatical.  You just have to make sense and that’s a way bigger thing than grammar.

You don’t need special equipment.  You don’t need the latest and greatest technology.  Writing’s been around for about as long as Jane in the Jungle needed to leave a message for her Georgie.  You have to know that all she had was a stick and some dirt, probably.

So…what are you waiting for, Writer?  Write.

Here’s another poem….


WORDS

Words are doorways into worlds, you know.

They can kidnap people and plunk them down

Into strange and different,

Where nothing is as you thought it was

And nobody knows your name.

 

It can get really scary, you know,

And, mostly, people fight against

This violation of the how-they-see-it

With other words as shields and spears and swords,

Making declarations, explanations

Reinforcing walls they already have.

 

And that only makes more words.

Nobody gets anywhere

When the words fly around like those little gnats

That swarm around bare lightbulbs.

The words get blasted by the heat

And they litter the light fixture covers

Like piles of dead soldiers.

 

But, did you know this?

If you grab onto the words

And wrestle them into neat and concise formations,

You can make bridges that take you

Over the gap between one world and the next.

Sometimes, people will come and cross over.

 

And then you’ve got a playmate.

And that’s a very good thing.

By Netta Kanoho

photo credit:  Kathryn Decker [CC BY 2.0]

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6 thoughts on “WRITERS WRITE

  1. Very interesting post about writers writing. It did wake some thoughts in my mind…

    When I was about 7 years old I wanted to be a writer and in fact, I did write some novels (how wonderful it was when last year my friend did bring me a novel that I had written 25 years ago and didn’t even remember that I had written it…hilarious:) )
    Then I started to write a book, I still remember its name: A train trip to Vladivostock. Unfortunately, I could not finish it. Maybe I thought that if I was meant to be a writer writing should be easy and because it wasn’t I gave up.
    Afterwards, I have learned that many things can be learned with perseverance even if you are not talented…
    What do you think, is becoming a writer some kind of “calling” and necessitates talent or is a passion for writing enough?

    Great poem by the way!
    Cheers,
    Maria

    1. Hey Maria: Thanks for the visit. I’ve always felt that a passion for writing is absolutely essential. Passion gets you through the early drafts and the later drafts and the still-later drafts until the durned thing is DONE.

      I love your story about the friend who kept your novel for you. How fun!

      My own thought about the “calling” thing is this: many are called; few listen…. That makes it a heck of a lot easier for the rest of us!

      — Netta

  2. Hello, and than you for your post. Writers sometimes write and sometimes they get away from writing. I was an avid writer through school, but then I got it away from writing for many years. It was always inside me, waiting to come back out, that burning desire to write. To share my viewpoint with the world. I have recently started writing again, and it feels like I never stopped. It is a wonderful feeling as you know, very liberating one might say. Keep putting out your wonderful poetry, it Rocks!
    Thanks again.

    1. Thanks for the visit and for the encouragement, Johnny. It’s good you’re getting back to writing your own self…

      All the best…

  3. As an aspiring writer I think this is brilliantly said. Indeed; a writer writes, a singer sings, a chef cooks, an accountant adores maths. You are what you love in my books. Check out my blog below for some of my poems and posts!

    1. Hey Zarina:

      Thanks for the visit and your comments. Please do come again!

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