Words as Art

{This post is my first link-up with the weekly Five Minute Friday writing prompt.}

This week’s 5-minute writing prompt is “create”.


Describing a person as being “a creative” has always held an air of mystery for me. I am intrigued by the girl who can sit down to an easel or a musical instrument or a notebook, barefoot, hair tied back, with the sunlight streaming in through an open window,  and for hours she strokes and tweaks and adds until something beautiful is born before her. I have tried my hand at being artsy and seem only to succeed at creating a visible reminder of my deficits.

As I lean into writing again, regularly, diligently and with acknowledgment of the worth that my words possess, I am making an uncomfortable effort to embrace the label of “writer”. Even though this craft doesn’t come easily to me, doesn’t yield an income, and is difficult to carve out time for, I am now making a conscious effort to respect the thoughts I string together as art I create. Perhaps I am a creative after all.


1 Comment

  1. Such a beautiful post! So glad to have you joining in with Five Minute Friday! Welcome! And well done for carving out the time to write and pursue this valuable art!

    Your post made me think of the first chapter of the book, On Being a Writer. I shared more about it on my blog here: http://katemotaung.com/2015/08/17/on-being-a-writer-identify-chapter-1/

    And wrote my own “struggling to identify as a writer” here: http://katemotaung.com/2015/03/09/on-claiming-identity-as-a-writer/

    Just sharing these so you know you’re not alone! Looking forward to reading more of your work!

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