Partially inspired by John Adamus and his carpe minuten philosophy of taking ownership of our time.
Seize the story. Not just any story, your story — that one that’s been rattling around in your brain pan for the past few weeks, months, or years. The one that keeps screaming to be written that you refuse to write. Stop being a coward; reach out and grab that story by the horns! Take ownership of your story. It’s a story only you can tell.
Imagine Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings telling you, “This story was appointed to you, and if you do not tell it, no one will.”
We are inspired to tell the stories we do because we are the ones meant to tell them. There are plenty of other writers, true, but no other writer anywhere will tell a story in the exact same way. Every story we write is a unique aspect of us and our creativity that desires to be shared.
Take it from someone who was once a coward herself. It took a lot of soul-searching and ultimately a verbal knock upside the head from John Adamus to realize that I was cheating not only myself, but my story on top of that. I wasn’t writing to my full capacity and I wasn’t writing the story I was being inspired to write. I was choking my creativity in a stranglehold of fear and doubt. It showed in my writing, in the way I talked about my story, I cringed and cowered rather than speaking with pride and confidence. I worried more about what people might think, rather than just sharing the story I was born to share.
Make it your war cry against the world that seeks to deprive you of writing the story you are meant to write. Make it something you scream at the top of your lungs every time you sit down to the keyboard. Write it on dozens of post-its and paste them all over your house as a reminder that it’s time.
It’s time to take hold of that story and never let go.