Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK day

Happy Martin Luther King day to all! In thinking about writing today, I thought about what today means to me: liberation, liberation that still need to occur, both internal and external. Justice and injustice. Freedom and slavery.

Today, is about paradoxes, about a painful history and hope.

And so what does this have to do with writing?

Well, I am glad you asked.  In my role as writing coach, it seems that I am often witness to such complex human paradoxes.

Someone starts an article, and is both thrilled with the start and also reminded about their inertia, their wasted time, and the consequences of not being successful if they don't publish.

Someone else finished their article, sent it off, and is then crushed by a fairly critical revise and resubmit the very same day.

Writing, if nothing else, is a journey. A journey in which we engage our whole selves- the light, the dark, the whole and the broken.

My wish for each of you today is that you embrace all, as a friend of mine said recently, the humanity of you.

And after that? See if you can't get a good few hundred words under your belt!

Happy MLK day to all of you. May this coming year be filled with social and personal liberation, and a whole lot of writing.

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