"Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
– J. K. Rowling, AUTHOR
If you had have asked me pre rock bottom, I would have said writing is creating a book of some description like fiction, biography, kids books. You got the drift. But as I continue to evolve within this particular genre I am finding that writing is soooo much more than just books. It is the use of words as a means to communication. And it opens up a whole new world, a dimension within our own consciousness where we use words to communicate the very essence of our minds down to the very core of our souls....
Sounds a little dramatic, huh? Probably is. And that is what I want my writing to project. MY feeling. The feeling of ME, the Upper Case ME
Well one of the lessons I have learned about my own trip down the creative writing path is that to get other people to be interested in what you have to say you have to GROK IT. Yep. Become one with your subject. Be ONE with it. Mmmm Hmmm..... and I wasn't going to wait until I got to the end and tell the story. I was going to LIVE the story. Tell it as it is happening. And so it continues..... Writing as I step forward has turned into a progression from writing in exercise books, to publishing my first book, to creating and performing my own poems, to writing songs, to playwriting, to screen writing. One thing common to all of these different forms of writing ..... WORDS.
Foundation for the words ..... THE STORY. So give yourself one. CREATE one. You don't have to wait for the rock bottom.
They helped but not the help I wanted. I needed a real 'LIVE' mentor. Someone who was EXPERIENCING the pain, just like Moi. So as I couldn't go much further south I decided to write the story one step at a time, beginning with the pain right through to the celebration of dream manifestation. If I could do that then it would show us that each and every one of us has the power, the constitution to overcome the demons that a necessary part of this Journey called life will inflict. As I have said so many times it has been a tough gig from day one. A rollercoaster of feelings and emotions. But it has provided the words for me to write. The story has given my words substance......... and meaning. Because these words that I am blessed with come from two sources. EXPERIENCE and IMAGINATION. The experience is the story of the steps as I take each one. The imagination is the story of the vision. Experience the past. Imagine the future. There it is again. THE FUTURE PAST.......
Grief through loss of any kind is difficult to overcome. As I have stated many times there are different 'Degrees Of Devastation'. But as JK Rowling says above, after confronting her 'failure demons' she was still left with an old typewriter and a "BIG IDEA". That big idea was sourced through her IMAGINATION. Every single one of us has that same imagination inside us. It simply gets down to a matter of choice. Do we want to use our imagination? Do we want to look into our future? Do we want to have a 'big idea' like Joanne Rowling? One life............ tick tick tick