Monday, December 3, 2007

The Glass Mountain

“My mood is the glass mountain of fairy tale lore! I slither down every time I try to clamber up.” Julia Cameron

As writer’s we expect those days when the words just won’t fall to page in the manner we hoped. When we’d rather pull the rabbit hole we’ve fallen into down with us and never view the light of day or the page again. When the wind blowing the new fallen snow across shoveled pathway creates drifts and magical pyramids in its wake, we want to be swallowed up in the white-out. But we clamber up out of that black hole, we clamber back up that slick glass mountain, we push and fight to get out from under the drift and we do write again even better than before.

Elisabeth Kubler Ross says, “…live each day…as if it was the only one we had.” And to do that we need to climb up, dig out, and scale the mountains in our path or roadway. If we don’t write it no one else can. Our uniqueness is unique only to us.

Two writers writing side by side with the same three-word prompt will never have the same story even if they write elbow to elbow. I read somewhere that our attitude creates our altitude, so if we are to scale great mountains of glass we will need to adjust our attitudinal course.

One way to plow through the snow drifts of our fear, our refusal to write, our writer’s blocks is to just write. Ribe Tucus! Butt in chair and write. We eventually can write through that drift as if the pen were a snow plow or shovel. We can climb over that glass mountain as if we had diamond studs in the tip of our pen and our cleated shoes. It takes courage to write in the face of great obstacles, but once begun, the writing will solve its own road blocks, its own mountain or snow drift.

“Freedom means choosing our burdens,” Hephzibah Menukin told us. If our burden is to write and we choose to accept it by picking up the gauntlet in the form of pen or keyboard, then we must WRITE ON!

Billie A Williams
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