Write Like Grissom, Feel Like God

The great creator lives within each of us. All of us contain a divine, expressive spark, a creative candle intended to light our path and that of our fellows. ~ Julia Cameron

We’re so much more than our taglines and Google stats, our comments numbers and subscriber lists.  In our online lives, we can choose to name ourselves as elaborately or as simply as we like.

Are you a writer, a blogger, an entrepreneur? A technical expert, a website designer? An enabler, an inspirer, a motivator, a chronicler of  lives and times? A teacher, a homemaker, a supporter of souls, a connector, a silent but loyal reader?

I don’t think of you as ‘traffic’ or a ‘lurker’ if you read my blog but haven’t subscribed or commented. You’re a person who, for reasons of your own, simply hasn’t commented or subscribed. My identity, happiness and personal definition of success aren’t inextricably linked to a new set of numbers in my life. I’m just glad you’re here. For this moment  is all there is, and right now, we’re connected.

We can choose to feel as powerful or as powerless as we like.

We can choose to use our powers wisely for the good of others – whether it’s to serve, support, sell, entertain, teach, present facts or inspire. 

If you, too, are a writer, you share in the god-like process of creativity. In some ways, all life is dead already – yesterday, a moment ago… gone. But if you’re rooted and fly in the present, you keep the whole world alive.

When we write, we use the same skills as CSI’s, crime scene investigators, sifting through the details, recreating moments, lives, motives. We may be presenting facts and evidence, but if we write non-fiction, they’re our versions of facts. If we write fiction, they’re not even versions, they’re entire worlds of our own creation.

So how can we have that greatness, that god-like creativity at our disposal and ever feel powerless?

Write a loved one back to life today. Let us smell the food they savoured, touch what they touched, see the worlds they watched, feel the breezes they walked in. Paint their passions, show us the part of them that shone. Be content to be the mirror, the crystal that reflects, the jug that fills to overflowing, and they – and you – will live forever.

(If you haven’t had the chance to read And the Angels Sang, please take a moment. )


  1. Writing gives you a lot of power. Whenever I find myself in a situation, unpleasant, uncomfortable, or otherwise, I retreat to my head and write my way out of it. You’re right… writing is a way in which you don’t have to feel powerless.

  2. That’s what I’ve always done too, write my way out of things. One thing I’ve discovered is that the more I learn about writing and the writing process, the more I discover about myself and about life.

    You’re doing the right thing with all your new writing ventures, Sean, recreating and reinventing yourself as you evolve and grow stronger as a professional and as a person. Sometimes we let our resources well up and grow deep, other times we have to give in to the inevitable overflow and watch where all our new streams and rivers lead us. I look forward to the launch of your new site!

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  3. Hi Jance,

    I have been writing professionally and non-professionally for about 19 years. It is truly a divine act in my mind because you have to access that part of yourself that has no limitations and just go with the flow. I once read that you can choose to be a writer…it chooses you.

    BTW, I love how you compare writing to be like Grissom. Great job…as always! 🙂

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    1. I really resonate with what you say about the writing choosing you. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. My mum told me I started really young, and I can remember the teacher putting on my plays in primary school – bless her!

      Here’s the quote that started the whole piece. It’s from a book I was reading by a Scottish author called Kate Atkinson; in it, one of the characters is watching CSI and describes Grissom like this:

      She liked the way Grissom walked, like a bear with a nappy on.

  4. Words are indeed powerful. For me nothing shows the power of words and the ability to create worlds better than J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. It’s truly phenomenal what that guy created.

    Our bodies may be limited in their movements but our minds are free to roam wherever it pleases. Let your words take you on a journey.

    Marc – WelshScribe´s last blog post..How To Break Out Of The Freelance Writing Rut

    1. Tolkien, JK Rowling, CS Lewis – you’re so right, Marc. I grew up in a wee mining village and had to get a bus to high school. Books stretched my brain, my awareness, my longing for life, and the reading I did eventually gave me the exam grades that were my passport to a free university education. (I must confess, as a teenager I also book-lived in modern cities like San Francisco through the ‘Tales from the City’ series, and in other eras, through Austen and the Brontes) That’s why I love the comments part of blogging; I feel like I’m able to visit people in their kitchens all over the world, have a chat and then meet any of their other friends who happen to drop in. All of that done through loving words.

      Nope, can’t resist it. Legolas and Aragorn!!!! Tolkien’s a star for breathing life into Legolas and Aragorn!!! (Just to explain, one of Marc’s posts managed to extricate from his female readers that we all have a thing for Woverine in the X Men…)

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