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The guts of a Writer
by Jon Rappoport
Continuing my series on writers and writing...You can read about my collection, Power Outside The Matrix, here and also here. One of its aims is to help writers...
A writer can invoke all sorts of reasons to stop writing. He can choose from thousands of excuses.
But I want to focus on the type of excuse that comes from evidence. For example, over a period of years, the writer has accumulated information that leads him to believe the human race is doomed and nothing can be done to change that.
Therefore, why write?
Why? Because there is a higher priority. YOU FIGHT, NO MATTER WHAT.
Once you digest THAT, you’re back in business.
And of course, there is counter-evidence, too, because the war for freedom that has been going on since people lived in caves is never over. We’re talking about the long and true view. 10,000, 20,000 years into the future.
I’ve known writers who gave up because they turned into dyed in the wool cynics. They gave away everything. They submitted to “an objective assessment of humanity.”
But writing isn’t objective. It never was.
It can use facts, but that’s just the beginning of what it is.
Writing is ultimately about writers.
When is commitment really a commitment? When it carries the day, come hell or high water.
If a writer has that, everything else falls into place. If he doesn’t have that, nothing works. It falls apart.
I’ve been writing for 67 years. On perhaps half of all those days, I paused---TEMPORARILY. I had nothing in mind---FOR THE MOMENT. But I knew that an idea, a thought, a phrase would come to me, and then I’d be off and running again.
And it did, and I was, usually in a matter of hours.
Because I wanted to write. Because I was committed.
You keep going long enough, for enough years, and your energy expands. It doesn’t fade away. You can do more, not less.
You SEE that problems, troubles, and excuses are NOTHING compared to your commitment and desire. It’s no contest.
No writer thinks reality is just fine as it is. He’s always reaching for more. He’s always overturning reality.
And there is much to overturn, at many levels. There is no lack of material to work with.
Society at large is always holding out its hand and making promises involving: surrender, giving in; allied with perks, freebies, groups to join, causes to uphold, victim plot lines to embroider. All of THAT is sensational material a writer can work with. As long as he doesn’t take the bait himself.
“Should I sit down and write 5000 words or eat the cotton-candy of the State?”
“Should I remain an individual or disappear into a group?”
The voice of a writer has clear answers. It engraves those answers for public consumption.
It announces that something the State can never touch will never die.
-- Jon Rappoport
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.
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