On Doing

Today, I’m starting my 30-day “challenge” of waking up at 6AM every morning (weekends included) to work on creative stuff. I might write, read, code or work on a side project. But I will always try to write for at least 5 minutes in order to get the juices flowing.

Last night, I started part 2 of Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing. The first paragraph is most impressive and resonates well with my own thinking on writing.

What Writing Is by Stephen King:

Telepathy, of course. It’s amusing when you stop to think about it–for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists, folks like J.B. Rhine have busted their brains trying to create a valid testing process to isolate it, and all the time it’s been right there, lying out in the open like Mr. Poe’s Purloined Letter. All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation. Perhaps I’m prejudiced, but even if I am we may as well stick with writing, since it’s what we came here to think and talk about.

I read this and immediately got transported. The truth is, you can write and transport the reader to a different world. Why? Because you let their imagination construct their own world of what’s happening in the book. The writer will describe a scene in detail, but it is the reader that creates the story in their minds.

Writing is letting out a river of thoughts. And reading is a mental construct: subjective, raw, and unique to everyone.

Day 1