Sunday, November 8, 2009

Write What You Know

Sunday, November 8, 2009
The advice to writers has always been to "write what you know." I couldn't agree more. That's probably why I'm so drawn to those who write about their daily happenings-diarists really. Writers like Elizabeth Gilbert, May Sarton, Anais Nin and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

In the past couple of years, I've taken lots of classes. There's been several art and writing workshops. There were life coach and creativity coach training courses. I've learned ALOT. I'm not likely to ever stop with the learning, considering how much I value it.

But it's interesting that while you're soaking up all the wisdom, you can sometimes forget what you know all by yourself. I'm not talking about some sage wisdom you want to teach or pass on to others....but the little stuff you realize about your own self. The stuff that when known and acknowledged, helps you to feel content and centered. And when ignored or stuffed down, has you hiding under covers until you crawl out only to down a half gallon of Haagen Daz with extra whipped cream.

So I've started a little list of self knowledge. Considering the length of it so far, it seems I've forgotten much. I've put it over on the side bar to the right, just to jar the old noggin into recalling more. Funny how I only become aware of these little things when I get real quiet and pay attention! Kind of like being an observer of your own life. Oh! I've just remembered something to add to the list....

What little things do you know about yourself? Do share a few!

1 comment:

eb said...

this post is full of wisdom
and I will tell you this:
I love shadow dancing
and all the little diamonds
that sparkle in the shadows...

xox - eb.