It is hilarious to me how I have an idea for tomorrow’s post already, but just about ten minutes ago, I had no idea where I was going to go with today’s post. I never plan my posts, unless it’s the Weekend Q/A (because that’s something I’ve already decided I would be doing). To all the writers reading this, you are well aware of that moment when you realize that you probably have several future chapters planned out but you have no idea how to go about your current chapter. It happens to the best of us. It’s just one of those things that you have to deal with at some point in time when you write regularly.
I initially started writing a poem for today’s post. I had a very specific imagery in my head and I wanted, so badly, to put that into words. But to do your own thoughts the justice that they deserve in your art is an extremely difficult thing to do. I couldn’t bring myself to write the right words. And what is a writer who doesn’t even know the right words? A failure? No. A work in progress? Maybe. Some things look so beautiful when we come up with them in our heads. Easy, even. But when it comes down to actually realizing them on paper, it’s so much harder than it seems.
One of the things that people think about me because I write every day is that I am always full of good ideas. While that is the case most of the times, I run out of ideas more frequently than one might think. At this very moment, I have ideas for around 3 poems, one story and several sketches in my head. But I don’t have the patience, or frankly, the kind of imagination that they actually require for me to be able to go through with them. Sometimes, I have to ask myself why I am even doing this, but then I snap back to reality pretty quickly because I honestly cannot go a single day without writing.
The point is, sometimes, we have things planned out in jig-saws. And the thing is that there’s no right or wrong way to go about a jig-saw puzzle as long as you actually get to the end of it without missing out on a single piece. You’ll come to realize that life is exactly like that. Some pieces fall into their place very easily. Some take time because they’re probably hidden somewhere right under our noses. Nonetheless, we’re all still working on it and trying to piece together whatever this is. It can be fun at times. Others, not so much. But what really matters is how much you’re willing to do until you’ve pieced the whole thing back together.
One piece at a time. Maybe a few sections at a time. We’ll get there.
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