Writing Right Now: The Hardest Part

The hardest part for me (besides motivating myself to sit still for 5 or 6 hours straight) is to not over-think everything when I write. I want to write it perfectly, carefully, thoughtfully,  structure it like I would want to see it in a book. Reality is that I am doing it all wrong. I’m sure that no good writer ever sat there for 20 minutes contemplating what synonym they should use for the word “beautiful” in a sentence. They just wrote it down and fixed it later if they needed to–at least that’s what I think. Perhaps John can say it better than I can (and thanks to him for the inspiration to not waste time perfecting right now).

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. [The] rewriting process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material” – John Steinbeck

Everyone always says “just write” and “just read,” and yes, we should be doing these things as writers. But when we are told to write, just write. Seriously. It doesn’t need to be meaningful or thoughtful or even make sense right now. Simply sitting down in front of a computer to let our thoughts flow is enough. As writers, we never think we will be good enough, or are good enough, so every letter we punch on a keyboard seems wrong and incompetent. Who cares–just get it down on paper and fix it later. If you look back on your work a few weeks later and agree that it is “rubbish,” rubbish it. But I promise you that you will find a word, sentence, or maybe even a whole paragraph of brilliance in your own work. It will be one of those moments where the words roll off your tongue effortlessly; where your eyes trace your own words and you think “not so bad,” and you will smile.

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Escaping on a Snow Day

“And then she realized that it was one of those eventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure but turns out to be the pleasure itself.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Undimmed by Familiarity

Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

-Pico Lyer

Moraine Lake Hiking: Larch Valley-Sentinel Pass and Eiffel Lake

I love the mountains and have a growing adoration for Lake Louise after hiking trails around Moraine Lake this fall and summer. While many of the trails are worth mentioning, Eiffel Lakes and Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass were undoubtedly the most beautiful. For those who haven’t been, I highly recommend Eiffel Lakes in the summer months and Larch Valley in September or October.

Eiffel Lakes, which was approximately a 4.5 hour hike (~11km in total), was simply bliss. The trail begins up switchbacks for the first hour or so before reaching a less-inclined trail that provides a beautiful view of Moraine Lake. Eiffel Lake, once you reach it, is breathtaking and provides you with a panoramic view of the Valley and of the Ten Peaks.

Larch Valley, which is arguably one of the busiest trails in the fall because of the beautiful colored Larch trees, was equally as stunning. The trip is about 13 km in total but we managed to complete it (with numerous photo-taking breaks) in 5 hours. The larch trees were perfectly colored in med-September despite reviews of the tress not turning yellow until early October.

Happy Hiking 🙂

It’s Pale-ing

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson