"Drink from your own well," said Kierkegaard.

We all have our favorite sources of inspiration, and when we push too far from these places, it's almost as if we're trying to be some other writer. For me, journaling is my deepest creative wellspring. Sometimes this source feels too painful, personal, or overworked, so I go looking somewhere else. Doing so, I may neglect my best ideas.

This morning I was perusing This Day In History, great prompts for writing or blogging. And yet, I find all the historical facts about today mean nothing unless they reflect a truth in my own soul.

There's nothing wrong with writing about weather, news and history. But you also have a well that speaks uniquely to you. Sit still enough, be brave enough, to plumb these depths--again and again.

1 comment:

  1. I just came across this quote and thought of you.

    "I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it." - Ernest Hemingway

    It is how it works for me.


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