You may dream of writing one day for profit. However, most writers do not write because of the money that can be had… Writing happens for a totally different reason.

Writers are often a crazy bunch. Aristotle, the deepest of thinkers once said, “There is no greatness without a mixture of madness.”

Hemingway, Joyce, Poe, Tolstoy—and now you can lovingly add Carrie Fisher to the list—all were deemed as mentally disturbed or challenged.

An author does not simply come by the words he or she writes. They are given with fervor of escapism. Any poet can tell you that the words are not his own, but that of a deeper, more sinister being or beings living inside their body. I know this to be true as I look at some of my own writings—the words do not sound like me yet I wrote them.

Writing is a calling heeding to the inner consciousness within us. For instance, when unable to express in paragraph formation I would be able to write in poetic form and fashion. Hence, I was then able to communicate my feelings clearly and in a more beautiful way.

The following is a poem I wrote after being set free from a personal relationship. The words needed and wanted to come out and this is the only way they could, so I relented. I consider this piece one of my finest works.

The Silence of the Sages

As I listen to the silence of the sages, their wisdom unfolds like the wings of a bird taking flight. The noise of the wind beating against the strong feathers grows loud; so loud that when the bird catches the breeze to soar, the silence is deafening!

The pressure in my chest feels as though an anvil lays across it.

But then I hear the eagle’s cry and the truth is now known.

It is the wind shearing as I fly to freedom!

The leather strop that held me to the stone is now severed. My keen eyes see the weight, the burden of that stone and how heavy it was!

I now know the power existed all along to cut me from that weight.

Love in its purity and beauty too has the unmistakable power to set all things free.

The silence of the sages has always been a great teacher.

© 2011 Peggy Lee Hanson

[This I must share. After pasting the poem in place above, I heard the cry of an eagle! Thank you for that beautiful validation!]

Life events is the catalyst to writing content it. It’s how we know as writers what to write. The book I’m now working on—my 4th—is about how I had to change my thinking. And in so being the person I am today I had to change my thinking to overcome the obstacles and obscurity in my life. I also had to change my internal belief system.

What is also interesting about writing this book is that, at times, I am not in charge of the words being committed to paper. I am directed as to what to say. The inner voices of wisdom and understanding are guiding me… It is definitely one of a true spiritual journey.

If I wanted to become an author I knew I had to sit down and write. I had to silence the voices. Writing their words is the only way to quiet my mind and their shouting! I now know what their those crazy writers before me had gone through and why they never stopped writing. They had to.

Writing is a calling—just not a task you may expect at all to be.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

“Writing means never having to be alone.”


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