top of page
  • Ayn Cates Sullivan

Write Because You Have To

Write Because You Have To by AynCates on September 27, 2017 in Spiritual Inspiration

If I could offer ONE tip or piece of advice for an aspiring writer, I would say – BE AUTHENTIC – find your voice. In the beginning, aspiring writers need to learn as much as they can from well-known and established authors. It is wise to take time to read the classics, and immerse yourself true literature. One exercise is to write a poem or story that reads like your favorite author, and repeat that a few times. It is good to join groups. Then, throw away everything you have ever learned — and go out into nature. Find a lake, an ocean or a river and sit beside it. Observe what is happening in the landscape. Listen with the ears of your heart, and from that place find your own voice. A writer must develop his or her own authentic voice, which is only found deep within. What you have to say is unique and only you can say it. The Greeks and Romans spoke of the 9 Muses, or Goddesses who offered inspiration for writers and musicians. In Celtic folklore we encounter the Sidhe, the tall beautiful people or faery-folk, who whisper into poets ears. In Wales the Twyleth Teg, (pronounced “tell-with-teg”), might take a poet to the Otherworlds where they might be granted a gift of inspiration. In Arthurian Legend, the Lady of the Lake arises from the misty waters and takes us on a quest to discover the Grail – our True Self. The imaginal can carry us into fantastic worlds, where we reign as heroines and heroines. The poet W.B Yeats is a famous example of one who listened to the living landscape. John O’Donohue was another writer who was aware of the Otherworlds. To be a true writer you need to be in touch with your soul. It takes a lot of time and commitment to write a book. Please, don’t write to become famous. Don’t write for an audience. Don’t even write to succeed or fail, because that isn’t the point. Write because there is a river of music flowing from you so strongly that you cannot stop the words.

Brew Your Book Virtual Event September 27-29 We have come to a point in our evolution where we simply have to support one another. Since the beginning of time, women have been helping each other through the birthing process! I have joined Kim Eldredge and thirteen other female author’s for the Brew Your Book Virtual Event. There is quite a lot going on, so click to see if some of it might support the birth of your book.

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page