Sometimes it’s easier to enter through the side door.
That’s what I told a friend of mine. That if we don’t enjoy
the act of writing – yet have the urge to capture our experience and share it
with the world – what we need is to expand our definition of writing.
Because once we expand the definition, we change the
context. Once we change the context, we lower the threat level. And once we
lower the threat level, there are fewer excuses to prevent us from getting
Originally, writing meant, “to carve.”
Later, writing meant, “to put ink on paper for others to
But now that paper is going away, now that ink is has
evolved into a digital medium, now that reading isn’t the only form of consumption,
and now there are more methods of “putting” than ever before, the definition of writing has changed
Now, sending a text is writing.
Now, publishing a blog is writing.
Now, recording a podcast is writing.
Now, tweeting our thoughts is writing.
Now, posting a status update is writing.
Now, shooting a video message is writing.
Now, instant messaging our friends is writing.
But we’re still carving. And that’s the key.
Because even if what we say sucks, even if nobody listens, even
if we don’t think of what we’re doing as writing, end even if the world is too
stubborn and close-minded to classify it as such, anytime we take a moment to render what’s in our hearts, we’re writing.
And once we grasp that concept, once we give ourselves
permission to enter through the side door, the process become a lot less
threatening and lot more fun.