THE #1 QUESTION
ANY ASPIRING WRITER
NEEDS TO ASK THEMSELVES
Writing, for me, is the process of taking energy and transmuting it into words. For this reason, before a single letter is jotted down, a writer must ask themselves “Am I passionate (energetic) about what I am about to write?”
If you can entertain the idea of what I am suggesting in the first sentence of this article, then it would logically follow that words are merely a vehicle for energy to travel from one soul to another.
It is said that “The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart [Luke 6:45]”, and truer words have never been spoken.
If the writer seeks to deliver energy, he must first ask himself where he is deriving that energy from in the first place – “what value am I giving to the reader?”
What a writer needs to bear in mind, is that what he is asking of the reader is a huge investment of time and mental energy. Movies and other media, by contrast, allow the viewer to focus in and out, or drift into a state of mindless entertainment. This however, is not the case with the written word. When a person is reading, every fiber of his focus, attention, and patience must be summoned.
Is what you are writing valuable enough to request this much of the reader’s focus?
In this age of information, we are under constant assault with useless, trivial, or downright harmful information. And as one would guess, over saturation leads to satiation – in turn leading to numbing and apathy toward literature and the written word. For every grown up that doesn’t like to read, there is a child that was forced to read things that didn’t interest him in school.
Our world is suffering from a lack of quality in our words, not quantity…
So the question I think more aspiring writers need to ask themselves in this day and age is “…what is the quality of what I am about to write, and is the energy I am trying to bestow, worth bestowing?”
If I am writing a story, does it highlight timeless truths or bear witness to my experiences and to my heart? Or will the reader simply forget, having his heart remain untouched?
If I am writing something instructional, does it have enough value to pass on a skill set? Or will the reader have spent his time in vain and acquired nothing?
And most importantly, does my heart pour through the words for the readers eyes to drink?
Having a reader sit and ponder your words is a humbling experience, and should be approached with the humility and value it deserves. Writing is a sacred duty, and when we are all long gone, the world will only have the words we leave behind.
Known in some circles as the Wizard of Words, Jean Claude has a passion for the written word that few can match. With a background in Applied Behavioral Therapy, his passion lies in the field of psychology, human nature, the divinity we aspire toward… [Learn More]