“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
– André Gide
“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just... start.” ― Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Oh, for sure. I mean, I don’t really understand what I’ve said until I’ve written it. I don’t know what I think about something until I’ve written it down, or found another piece of writing that can articulate it. So I feel, again, that we’re in this extremely privileged position of our work being that very thing which is not knowing. Our work as artists is exploring.
“I find that, whether from a sort of evil-eye avoidance superstition, or from not feeling that I quite have the right to call myself a writer—I don’t know what this is about, really, but I feel that writer is not something that I am, it is something that I do. And it’s something that I do in private.”
Oh wow I have a lot of thoughts
How do they become form? Well writing is one way. See the thoughts that go through my mind have a character to them. That character, that voice, comes from a mix of conviction and humility.
Before this get’s too personal too quick, let me frame this form. The structure of this building argument is one of poetry and research. Want a step by step plan? Nah, more diagrams.
Oh what a way to express, what a way to create.