Hiding behind the pen

The pen can be a formOf passive aggression.A way of saying things on a pageThat you can’t bring yourself to sayFace to face.Many books are filled with wordsThat were left unsaid,Plans that were never carried out:Life that was not lived.While narrative is a superpowerIt cannot replace actual experiences.Words are meant to describe, informAnd even shape […]

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Vanishing phrases

There’s a sentence in the airI can’t quite graspA phrase that would come to meIf only I had the patience,If only I had the skill,Or the presence of mindTo give it a home.Somehow I can perceiveThat this one sentenceWill lead to a world I’ve longed forAnd only painfully glimpsed,Like Moses yearning for the Promised LandHe’d […]

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Resonating with others

Is not a given.Sometimes you’re just sayingWhat needs to be said,But no one’s ready to hear it.Other times you’re speaking upThinking you are doing it for othersBut you’re really setting yourself free.And other times you just have a tough crowdAnd they are not the kind of peopleWith an ear for what you have to say.Not […]

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Writing for clarity

Having every thought and idea  Neatly lined up in marching formation, Chronologically arranged  Ready to tumble onto the page – Is not a pre-requisite  For good writing.  The pen is a sword Capable of slicing through confusion, Splitting open hidden insights  And chopping off sentiments That don’t add to the narrative. Writing does not empty […]

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Dry pens

I have a recurring nightmareThat my pen has dried up,And have said all I could sayEmptied myself completely-Bottom of the barrel kind of stuff:I sit down to writeBut all that comes upAre tired old storiesRepeated repeatedlyStaring back at me on the pageAnd morphing into the voiceOf my inner criticThat I am all too familiar-‘’You’re done’ […]

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The stuff you write today

May not be the best you have in youAnd yes it may even be really, really bad.The pen makes no guarantees,No assurance of qualityNo fail safe strategy for a compelling story-Just a promiseThat once on the pageYour ethereal thoughts would haveFound brick and mortar residence in the formOf sentences-Sentences that may evokeMind numbing boredomOr deep, […]

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Underselling ‘better’

Improvement is a giftWe can offer ourselvesThrough focused effortAnd applied hope.ComparisonIs a wound we can afflictOurselves withThat will bleed bright redEven on our best days.We tend to undersellBeing ‘better’As the thing you reach forWhen you’ve tried and failedAt being the best,But the reality isIf you’re ever going to beThe best you can beIt would surely […]

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Inertia as a first step

Much is spoken about“Hitting the ground running”But in earnest,Changing any part of your lifeDemands patience.We can’t always moveAt the pace of our ambition,And despite our best effortsTo never be slow,Many a great thingStarted slowly.Inertia is the first step of motion,It’s the feeling of knowing there’sA race to be runBut not quite havingThe strength in your […]

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Creative Confidence

When will you stop asking for permissionTo do what you’ve beenPut here on earth to do?When will you be convinced?How many pats on the back will it take?Five star ratingsStanding ovationsTestimonials-All of it won’t ever be enoughTo fill up the gaping holesOf your insecurity,So stop waiting untilYou feel worthy to create-You already are.Creative confidenceComes after […]

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Creative timing

Timing really mattersWhen it comes to creative work-Are the people readyFor what you have to offer?Are you doing your most important workDuring your most productive hours?Are you in a rush? Do you have to be?Creating healthy rhythyms for creative workIs as important as the creative work itself.Finding the best times of the dayTo be creativeLocks […]

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