by Leo Borgelin
Thank goodness for GPS. We all feel like experts when going to someplace new. I’ll gladly sit in the passenger seat and give out directions like I was born for this moment. You still have to look out the glass windshield and wonder, where does the road go?
Some people look at Life like a drama. Others like a game. Hopefully, for all writers, it’s a story. But none the less, there are obstacles along the way that has to be faced. You stay long enough on each road until you find another one that gets you closer to your destination. Each road leads to somewhere with its own story. It’s up to the driver to experience it.
As a writer, it’s important for you to have a pencil in your hand. You can’t be the one to focus on getting the concrete. You can’t be the one focus on planting the trees. Don’t even think about putting up the stop sign. It’s your job to tell a story. You have to pave the road. Don’t worry about what’s in front of you. Not all roads head straight. If you have to curve around the bush, then do so with the bulldozer. Trust that the road has a destination. And once you arrive you’ll know the entire story.
Knowing where to start and end is only an admission to tell a story. It’s always been that way. It’s until that you begin to pave the road that a breath of life sparks meaning with each pavement. Your work can come alive if you allow it. It’s just asking you to bear the first witness. Only from the driver’s seat.
How do you pave a road while sitting in the driver’s seat? By setting down the GPS. That thought was never meant to be completed. That idea you have for a story was never meant to be completed. That’s why you have to pave it out. You have to finish what inspired you to write. Your GPS doesn’t know where your story leads. Get your pencil. The ignition has already started. Go full throttle and watch the tires burn out. If someone decides later to come along, then that’s fine. They’ll see where the road goes.
When Leo Borgelin is not writing on A Writer’s Path, he’s writing on Through The Window. A blog to help give a foundation to abstract paintings so it can be seen within its natural form. Follow Leo on Twitter to keep up with his outlook and future postings.