Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Moonlight: Delusional?

Not all writers are good writers. Not everyone even agrees on what makes a good writer. I know I’m not the world’s greatest writer, and what I’m about to say could be said about me. But I’m going to say it anyway. Not everyone who is writing, whether novels, blogs, short stories, or whatever, should be. At least not until they study the craft more. image

So, I think I can write. Am I self delusional? Am I disguised to my true self?

Sometimes I think I am actually a very good writer. Wow, did I just say that?

I suppose everyone who is writing believes the same thing. Would they be writing otherwise?

Writing is a weird business. While writing, ideas sometimes just flow through me, and, I’m like, where did that come from? That’s better than normal me.

Similar to having a child. As a parent watches their children grow up, they often wonder, how did he learn that? Where did she get those beautiful eyes? Where did that come from?

Others have felt the same thing. That’s where this idea of a muse came from. Don’t you reckon Homer thought, “Surely, The Iliad didn’t come from my puny brain.” And so, someone, somewhere, came up with the idea of a muse directing a writer’s thoughts.

Just suppose there is a muse. Or suppose it’s the Holy Spirit. Questions come to mind. Why do some crazy, perhaps even evil people, have such great ability to write? Another question, why does the muse guide people who have read or studied the craft of writing the most? Very rarely a person is born who has the ability to write almost from the moment speech becomes coherent. But most of us have to read and study and struggle.

And, then, those brilliant ideas come to us. Percolating up through our subconscious. I had what might be a brilliant idea the other day. Yes, I said brilliant. Out of the blue. To change the order of the chapters. Because it revealed a foreshadowing.

I thought it was brilliant. But then, I just might be disguised to self. Self delusional.

However, and I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, all comes ultimately from God. He either gives us our ability, our work ethic, our perseverance directly or indirectly.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

And, remember, the rain falls on both the just and unjust. As do ideas.

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