what do you know is true?
sort of… everything and nothing at once.
Amidst a gruelling search for new and interesting written content, I stumbled upon an article. The message was matter-of-fact. It was succinct and sobering. It revolved around the type of writers we strive to be. It referenced the role of the words and the job of the messenger. The moral resounded with gall and strength, and will likely guide much of the writing I do from this point on.
It basically said, more eloquently, “it ain’t about you.”
Everything is true because much of this project has been about recounting and reflecting. Much of it has been about journalling. and I find solace in this. Keeping a journal has been hugely important to me this year. Keeping a journal is informing my writing and my songwriting. I am forever learning thanks to this project.
Nothing is true, because reading such a blunt message really kicked my ass this week. I discovered a key transition. In order to improve as a writer, your observational ability needs to be premier. Developing this level of mastery is itself, completely reliant on learning to write about other people. If the only character in your stories is yourself, a slippery slope leading to unrecognized plateaus.
The idea that you have a voice and a reason to say “this is what I think” is so romantic. I think that’s where people can end up on the wrong side of the relatable spectrum. If a writer can focus on stories that possess some sort of universality, a writer is able to provide legitimate commentary on issues understood by humanity. That’s how I want to grow now.
Start learning and improving here and a blog series may end up with direction, purpose, and a true identity. The initial point of this project was to avoid a topic or at least let the topic be my own writing. Turns out I like doing this and I hope a shift in focus will guide some improvement.