To The Young Writer
So you want to be a writer, and you ask: How? What? When?
Write however YOU want to write. On a notebook? On your mac? In your phone?
Write whatever YOU want to write. The next great novel? A screenplay? A rap song?
Write when YOU want to write. At dawn? At your lunch break? At the late hours of the night?
But to know how, and what and when YOU would like to write. You must know who YOU are. But fear not -- Writing can reveal YOU to you, if you --
Write beyond the page.
What is the page, anyways? Be it blank, or striped, or boxed.
A page has a border, a finite ending. Your inner life does not.
Write with your heart, not with a pen.
What is a pen? A pen is how you color your life.
But it has only one color, and one texture. Your heart does not.
Write as if you are asleep.
What is sleep, anyway? We think it's rest, retreat, resignation.
But it's when we connect to our dreams. Our dreams are the inner life speaking.
If you take one thing from this, may it be....:
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In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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