You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
My backspace key may need to be replaced – it’s really hard to add to the late Maya Angelou’s quote (not to be negative, or anything).
I’ve deleted a number of thoughts, but all seemed to center around a central idea: if we are the sum total of all those things, so is our writing.
But I’d venture to say our characters, poetry, and ramblings are comprised of absolutes rather than the whole. I know that may be a contradiction, but what I mean is that our pluses and minuses, or positives and negatives, both together and individually add inertia to our words. It’s only that we have experienced both that our character’s have air to fill their lungs.
Loss needs something to follow.
The average day doesn’t do a whole lot for my writing – so I’m better served to just get after it. On those unfortunate days when my experiences aren’t as intended, I’ll do my best to live Maya’s words and try to make whatever ails me positive – even if it is just for the sake of writing.