Dear accidental reader,
be careful now: this is strictly for writers. It’s not called ‘Falling Into Hugeness‘ for no reason and you need to pay special attention now to see if you want to go on reading it at all. Yes, now.
I repeat my warning: this is strictly for writers and writers only.
If you are not a writer, do not read beyond this line. Do not read further.
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If you did read beyond this line anyway and are not a writer, you may need to revisit your livelihood.
Now consider this:
It may just be that by regarding yourself a writer you will enter a new dimension of being on this Earth that brings you happiness and fulfilment way beyond your wildest dreams.
An additional advantage of continuing your life’s journey as a writer is that you’re not stuck with your wildest dreams but you can write about them. Or you can write about people, call them characters, who have those dreams. Or you can write about characters who write about people having those dreams. As you can see, your mind can get pretty frazzled. That’s a risk you might want to take.
In any case, now that you’ve crossed the line, even if you let yourself off the hook by saying: “This guy tricked me into reading things I didn’t really need to hear or want to hear”, there’s no going back.
That’s the incredible beauty of this method. It’s life-altering if you like it or not. This wasn’t a story at all, you see, it was a magical potion.
Miraculously, it’s the same with anything that you write: it’s going to change the universe and the way things are after you wrote it.
Drop me a note from wherever you are, my friend. Let me know how you’re treating yourself. Whatever you do, illluminate the riddle.
[Published in Mark Reep’s wonderful, now defunct, Ramshackle Review issue 3. Wrote this after giving a whole lecture on coaching which is how I make part of my living. I must’ve been in a missionary mindset. The other bit of background is an interview with Cynthia Ozick in the Paris Review from which I borrowed two marvelous expressions: “to illuminate the riddle” and “I was afraid of ever again falling into hugeness.” — A question that has always interested me: whom am I talking to when I write? This piece in particular was written in the small hours, I was tired, ill, fed up with everything but writing. I turned to my inner missionary for inspiration. Or perhaps I just felt like it. Yeah.]
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