By the time you’re holding a book in your hand, reading a beautifully written blog post, or captivated by a piece of art, it’s hard to imagine what it was like when it was nothing more than a half baked idea made up of nothing but scribbles and chicken scratch. If you had a chance to look through my journaling software, I think you’d be quite disappointed. It’s far from eloquent or captivating.
In the movie With Honors, Joe Pesci says to Brendan Frazier “This stuff is really coming out the wrong end.” That’s how I feel most mornings when I start writing.
However, over the last several years I’ve noticed one thing. If I sit down in the chair and start typing, eventually I’ll arrive at a point where the words flow, the ideas connect, sentences turn into paragraphs, and paragraphs into pages. Action and awareness merge. On the best days, I get so absorbed in what I’m working on that I lose track of time, and end up writing far more than I had originally planned to. When you commit to the act of creating, beautiful things start to happen.