Start Writing

by Starla J. King on November 3, 2011

Writing is an act of self-cherishing.— Julia Cameron

One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is to “get to know them.”   We learn how they like their coffee (bone-melting strong with cream and sugar please), we learn what — or if — they like to read, we learn their favorite foods, the things that make them laugh, the things that make them cry.

Then somewhere in the process of getting to know someone, our heart gets involved and curiosity turns to cherishing, like turns into love.

When we write, we do that for ourselves.

Something about writing gives us a glimpse of our deepest selves, taking the mystery of what’s inside and putting it on a page (or screen) for us to read, giving us the chance to get to know ourselves… and in the process to turn curiosity into self-cherishing, like into self-love.

What’s that? Oh… well… actually, I beg to differ.  I think you ARE a writer.  I think if you are willing to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and produce words where there were none, then you ARE a writer.   Writing vocation not required.

Take that notebook you bought 6 years ago when you wanted to start a journal, dust it off, and start writing.

Open a Word document on your computer, turn on some music, and start writing.

Take a post-it note, find a pen, think of your favorite words, and start writing.

Get to know yourself, get to love yourself…

Start writing.

[As often happens, I write a blog post and something totally related steps into my IN Box.  Like this poem by bentlily, called “your best writing.”  Read it.  Then start writing]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandi Amorim November 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

“When we write, we do that for ourselves” …love this line and love that writing is now an act of self-care.

p.s. I have a journal addiction/fetish, call it what you will, there’s a bit of a problem 😉


Starla J. King November 4, 2011 at 9:48 am

Sandi, is it wrong for me to applaud your journal …um… problem?? Because that confession delighted me! 🙂

When we write, we are giving ourselves attention … something so easy to forget to do. LOVE that you are gifting yourself with the self-care of writing!


Peter Crowell November 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

I could not agree more.

Writing, or expressing any talent, is an act of self love and an act of love for the world.

The obstacles to our creativity and the obstacles to self love are one and the same.

Thanks to Sandi Amorim for tweeting this post!


Starla J. King November 4, 2011 at 9:56 am

Peter, YES!!!! “The obstacles to our creativity and the obstacles to our self love are one and the same.” YES!

So good to see you here!


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