Last week, I burbled about the importance of holding on to your writing loosely; accepting the fact that no two people will read the same work. But that’s not to say that you can simply let go of your writing, and not have anything to say since “after all, people will only see what they want to see.”
No, that’s not what I’m saying at all. Writing has immense power to show people new things; to change minds and hearts. It’s just that we can’t expect to control exactly what change takes place.
For another thing, I don’t think it’s possible to write without pushing some kind of message. Writing is possibly the most intimately connected discipline there is, since it flows directly from our mind to the page, with no intermediate filter of medium or technique. Our worldview will necessarily flow with it, whether we want it to or not, just as it will flow from our readers.
So take a look at your writing. Is it saying what you want it to? If not, pummel it until it does. And if it persists in saying something different, maybe you should take a look at your worldview. Do you actually believe what you think you believe?
Soul-searching is always a good thing.
That’s what I have to contribute for today, folks. Hope it makes sense.
And y’all get a bonus week of having that old song stuck in your head! Don’t you just love me?