Get Write To It: Write as though you are blind

There you are, laptop open or pen and paper in front of you. You have a story; you’re ready to write.

As you start moving words across the page, you see a word that doesn’t fit with the rest of the sentence. Or maybe you have a typo–a misplaced word. Or maybe the whole sentence just sucks. What do you do?

You erase, strike through, hit backspace, delete, your misery. Start over.

Who knows, you may slam your laptop shut or rip your paper to shreds. Defeated. Today is just not the day to write…or at least not right now.

How often does this happen to you? As you see the words on the page, there’s the tendency to delete, to censor yourself. To give half the truth because you write with a sense of judgment: This isn’t good enough. I could do better. No one’s going to read this. Ohh, but what if someone does? What if someone reads it and loves it and tells someone else?

You will be the first critic of your work, but if you criticize everything you write, you will be the only person to lay eyes on your work.

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Take the post pic and the picture above for example. I had to write at the bottom of the chalkboard because it had not been cleaned from last week. Writing on the bottom was hard. I wrote on one board and didn’t like it so I moved to another board. Same bottom problem. My r looked funny so I tried to erase it; I tried to correct my mistake as I had criticized how my writing looked. I felt like my os looked more like es. But if you look at what I wrote, you can tell what it says. Trust your words the same way.

What may look like a disaster to you will reach its intended audience as long as you trust the message.

Now try this: Close your eyes. What do you feel? Don’t worry about format or lines on the page; just write. What is showing up for you as your story plays in your head? Write that. If you’re angry, put that on the page. If you’re filled with joy, put that on the page. If it’s dark, saturated in sunshine, the sound of an ocean nearby… Whatever you hear, see, taste, feel is what you write. Now open your eyes. What words have colored the page?

A person who has no sight has the ability to only use sound, touch, taste, smell, but those senses are enough to make him see the world in ways that people with the privilege of sight will never experience. That’s how you should write. Move the words across the page in a way that allows the reader to taste, smell, feel, and hear exactly what you do. Let them see what your characters see.

Seeing what’s in front of you may evoke fear. It can paralyze you. That does no good for anyone. Don’t fear the words; simply write them. blindfold yourself or wear an eye mask and let the world see your truth.

Happy Writing!

  1. Writing a description of something, as if you were blind is an excellent way to learn writing. Learned that very early in Young Authors. Love your “backspace, delete, start over”!

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    1. That’s great you learned early on how to write blindly. I’ve got to get caught up on your blog. School has totally consumed me.

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      1. understand that one. Study first, play later.

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  2. I wonder how my writing would turn out if I were to write as though I was blind. I think it would be interesting to cover my eyes so I could not see, and write from that space. I wonder what I would come up with. Interesting thought. I will definitely try this. This statement you made really resonated with me, “What may look like a disaster to you will reach its intended audience as long as you trust the message.” Apparently I don’t trust my message when I write and put it out there. I will work at believing what I write will reach its intended audience. I like that!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it and were able to get something out of it, Barbara. Hope you do attempt to put the blinders on the next time your write and see how effective it is in your words and how you feel about them. I look forward to finding out how.

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