A-Z Blog: Ueland

"No writing is a waste of time -- no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. It has done you good." Barbara Ueland

I do a lot of brainstorming and freewriting...journalling and reflecting. And some people ask me why I don't just write on my current project because isn't all that other "stuff" just a waste of time.

No. No, it's not. Thanks for asking.

The more I play with words, the more I use them and shape them and manipulate them (I wish that word didn't have such a negative connotation, but there it is), the more I work with them, the more they work FOR me. Maybe in my journal I am recording a feeling and that emotion comes into play a week from now, a year from now...maybe I catch a snippet of conversation and that is the exact turn of phrase I need to capture a moment in a story...maybe through my freewriting, I can discover what is really bothering me, scaring me, worrying me, stopping me...and maybe, through that discovery, I am healed. (Master's Thesis...for the win, folks).

Writing is like any other profession (except there is more acceptance to have voices in your head...I'm not crazy, they're my characters...sounds completely legit, right)...and in order to excel in it, you have to do it every day. EVERY DAY.

In order to get healthy, you have to exercise your body and your mind. Word play is amazing exercise and the best way I know how to do that is to pick up a pen and write.