"If thou art a writer, write as if thy time is
short, for it is indeed short at the longest."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Three years ago, I asked in a survey for writers: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
One wrote that she'd spend her time writing to her loved ones. Another said he'd write "one hell of a killer love story and dedicate it: 'With much love... you know who you are.'"
And another wrote, "I will write my ideas in mathematical form. I have a great deal of phenomenal theories in Physics and Mathematics that I have never told anyone. I would spend my last night pushing my academic prowess to the limit."
And this one from a fellow named Joe, who threw the question back to me -- If you are going to die tomorrow, how about writing your own epitaph? "I came, I saw, I wrote all about it."
In one way or another, all of the writers who responded to the question said they would spend at least a time of their remaining day doing something that resembled writing.
When writing gets in your blood, it stays there. Once you start your affair with the written word, you're stuck with it, like it or not. You can choose to ignore it, or you can choose to acknowledge it as part of who you are.
Life is too short for us writers, and the stories waiting to be told and written are not going to be written quickly enough. What we can do is write as much as we can.
Writing doesn't wait. You shouldn't too. Write now. Write today as if there's no tomorrow.
Copyright © 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
Shery created WriteSparks! - a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks! Lite for free - http://writesparks.com
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”