Writing as Daring

Do you know what it takes to write that one article?


The one article that will capture people and halt them in their tracks because it calls out to them uniquely, saying; this here, this is important!

I will be quick to assure you that it is not light work. You don’t get it sitting around waiting for inspiration to hit you over the head, for inspiration I’ve found, like everything else worth having, would much rather come to those who are purposefully doing.

So instead, you must be deliberate as you sit still or lie flat and mull things over in your head, your face contorting as ideas kick box with logic and insist on proof.

Then you must hinge on that one question that captures your own interest but also, beyond that, could benefit some one else.

Immediately that's done, you must shoot up, at the risk of tumbling things over or looking quite silly and grab at a pen and a paper.

You must realize while looking down at the empty page that the question is not so important after all and flirt briefly with the prospect of starting this process again.

Yes, you should flirt with it, but you must instead beg its pardon after a few minutes, as you become entranced with the notion of putting words down on that page.

Arduously, you must begin.

At first all you may pen down is a hastily written; “Tola is a boy,” but you must ignore all the laughing, taunting voices in your head and pat yourself on the back for being clever enough to pin down Tola’s gender.

Now you are in the race!

You must recall your initial question and then you must put it to all your faculties;

"What does it take to write that one story?"

You must rely on history; on knowledge garnered through stints of excessive reading.

You must rely on personal experiences and a treasured childlike imagination.

You must string those sentences together, whatever it takes, you must push them out.

When you are done, you must read through, scraping this and chucking that.

Then you must cultivate the daring to share that bit of your heart with the world. You must trust that they will understand and most times you will find that you are right.