“Hey Ollin. My writing used to be very hard for me, I used to struggle to make it happen, but today I’ve reached a point where my writing flows very easily and it’s great! However, I want to be able to channel all this new energy into something definite and concrete: a finished piece. But I’m afraid if I try to do that I’ll go back to my previous state: struggling with writing. What should I do?” It sometimes happens that writing is not a struggle, but an effortless endeavor that is very fruitful. When those moments happen, we can be a bit shocked: we’re so used to the struggle that anything easy feels like a cheap trick. Certainly, the rug will be pulled out from under me at any moment, we think. This can’t last for long, we think. All of this abundance, and all of it so, suddenly. And where did it all come from? we think. And […]
Writers and Their Love Stories: Part I
This post is a part of an ongoing series entitled MIP (Man In Progress).After my 25th Birthday I decided to improve three aspects of my life, my physical well-being, my romantic relationships, and my writing career. My philosophy is that a writer’s work and his life are irrevocably intertwined and in order to improve one, we inevitably have to improve the other. … Every good tale is not complete without a good love story. My tale is no different. This is my love story: About five years ago I fell in love with someone, and he fell in love with me, and we broke up because of the distance. We kept in touch, but haven’t seen each other since then. This past year I realized I still felt the same way about him, even though so much time had passed. But I still had no idea how he felt about me. But then–what do you know?–a few months ago I […]
You Will Recover From This.
“To fall into truth, then, the illusion must be torn away from us. It is unfortunate that sometimes we must lose everything in order to understand this. But, really, it is only the way. We are prone to want to hold on to things, but once there is nothing to hold on to, we can’t help but realize that the only thing we can truly hold on to is something deeper and impenetrable—something undying and eternal that we can hold on to at all times, both during the good and the bad. That undying and eternal part of us is our spirit. And nothing, no nothing, can ever break that. When we understand that our spirit is our anchor, our captain, and that ever other part of us–our emotions, our thoughts, our bodies, our careers–are there to serve this captain and follow its orders, then we move through life with greater ease, with greater peace, and with greater respect for […]
How To Act
This post is a part of an ongoing series entitled MIP (Man In Progress). After my 25th Birthday I decided to improve three aspects of my life, my physical well-being, my romantic relationships, and my writing career. My philosophy is that a writer’s work and his life are irrevocably intertwined and in order to improve one, we inevitably have to improve the other. … “A sacrament is a visible sign of invisible grace. In that definition there is a fine acknowledgement of how the unseen world comes to expression in the visible world… All our inner life and intimacy of soul longs to find an outer mirror. It longs for a form in which it can be seen, felt, and touched.” – John O’ Donohue There is a moment when the dark times recede, when the winter of our lives gives way to spring, and in that spring everything that sorted itself out in the winter time, begins to show. At first, the new us […]