What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know I. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: I once received a fortune cookie that read: “Speak less of your plans, you’ll get more done.” What’s one project that you’ve been sitting on and thinking about but haven’t made progress on? What’s stopping you? What would happen if you actually went for it and did it? (Author: Laura Kimball)
I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
To write anything regularly—a blog, short stories, essays or an article—has been my long-time other goal. How do I write more? How do I continue writing after this challenge ends?
Empty my mind. Allow more space and freedom for creativity to flow. Push and poke myself to fill more blank pages with the free flow of my thoughts.
Speak less. Write more. Replace verbal voices with written words.
Listen consciously. Hear the whispers of my heart that gnaw on my soul. Trust the quiet sounds of my authentic voice to convey life and notions of life.
Finally, I must write. I must capture those crazy creative sentiments, snatch those fleeting thoughts, and use my writer’s voice to express myself. I must open my mind and “hurl words into this darkness” as long as there are truths to write about and eyes to read them.