Most Ordinary

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.  (Author: Patti Digh (

My false comparisons to other writers, especially those that I admire, sometimes make me want to simply stick to reading their material and not even try to write.  I wonder sometimes if I could ever be as good at engaging readers with words as they are.  It can be very intimidating.  Sometimes I may like a particular style and then fret that I would be copying them.  Heaven forbid…

My false expectation is that writing will come easily.  I figure that one day the flood gates will open and all my ingenious thoughts will come rushing out.  I won’t be able to contain them.  But I know that this is not the case.  When things do flow, I write and it is good, sometimes even great.  But other times, I just sit and doodle telling myself at least the pencil is moving (smh).  I also sit at my computer and type “asdfghjkl;” many times.  These are the times that I know writing doesn’t come easily.

My false investments in a story have been that I would like to write about relationships.  But it seems that there may be a shift in thought about relationships these days and that my material has either been done already or would be irrelevant.  Whatever I write, I would definitely want it to be relevant.


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