Today on twitter I posted — “lot of talk about branding, courting readers, chasing trends — it’s really not so difficult — write what YOU want to read & just be yourself”. That’s the single most important writerly advice I could ever give someone who wants to hang a shingle outside their door that reads “storyteller”.
Of course, that’s some weighty stuff. To “just be yourself”, you have to know who you are. And by that I mean who you really are, and that’s not an easy task. It requires a lot of soul searching, a lot of deconstruction. Few people have the courage to peel back the layers and get down to the truth of it. There’s a very good reason why this is the very center of what magick is all about. And don’t kid yourself. Writing is magick. As Alan Moore so famously stated, “The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events.”
So write from your heart. Write what you love and feel and want to express. Be true to yourself, but don’t be afraid to be the real you — the larger than life you. You only live once (give or take) so live to your fullest and be and write and tear down the pillars of heaven.
Neil Gaiman said, “Make Good Art!” I couldn’t agree more, but why not take it all the way — good, bad, or ugly — Let’s make some bloody magick!