Most of writing is falling in love. That big wide opening of maybe just three words that coax you into following anywhere in the entire universe.Trust. You will be carried and no doubt, you will be dropped. Don't care. Fall in love again. Even if it’s just for a word or a sentence or if we’re lucky, a short story and if we’re crazy maybe something bigger. Don’t worry about getting married, get in love. Blahness will come out of your writing if you’re not in wild abandonment. Be ruthless. Love the story and be head over heels for words. Write them how they want to be written, not how they’ve been written before.
If you question love, read something from your favorite author until you begin to believe again. Take a word from their mind like ‘this’ and start your own story. It doesn’t have to be a happy ending. Is it ever? Is it never? Make great effort to fall in love. Make an even greater effort to stay in love. Come back to the page and commit to this abandon again and again. This is what we are here for, no? To write? That’s the only thing I know for sure. Even if I never write another word, I have to write. This is our only chance.
Write about men with unknown pasts and tattoos of ‘forgive & forget’ on their chests. Write about the water stain from the broken air conditioner spread out on the old pine floors in the bedroom and how you've changed the colour of the walls five times in the last six years. Show your words. This is the insanity of love, always telling what you’re thinking. Tell everything you can to scare them off and don't let others finish your sentences. Get wacked out crazy in love and write like you would never speak to another human being in your life unless you were stuck in a car that went over a bridge and was about to hit the water. Tell everything. This is the safest place to go full out because there is only one first draft and there will never be something that a good edit can't fix.
Image sourced: theodysseyonline.com