Day One: Unlock the Mind
You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.
– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic
Writing 101 – To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.
A love letter to my friend,
You need someone to make mistakes with. Someone to teach you what it’s like to be hesitant, what it’s like to open up to someone, what it’s like to have all your flaws laid out for you to see, to smile when you get a text, to cry when you have a fight, to really try, to really learn, to really fall in love with someone, to really understand what it’s like to fall completely, and perhaps to have your heart really broken. Everything you knew about love will be shaken. You will fall, you will get back up, you will fall again, you’ll get knocked down, but you’ll get back up again. You will learn about yourself, you will know what you want and what makes you tick, and you will also learn about yourself through someone else’s eyes. Fall. Jump right in. Mistakes are there to be made, and Lord knows I’ve made many. Now, I want the tables to turn and I want you to come to me when you’re upset and when you’re blissful and in love and you are scared, but so excited.
Meet people, find out what you don’t like. Not everyone is your cup of tea. You’ll find that out. You will learn different things from different people. Good and bad. Collect these things like stamps.
Do not be scared to fuck up. Fuck up. Take my advice, or don’t take my advice. Do what your own heart desires.
Lose yourself in someone and then find yourself shortly after.
I’ve found myself, and I’m still finding myself.