Jan. 28, 2002
I’ve started to write articles again, different articles. None that have to do with writing, the process of writing, or living a writers life. If all I can do is write about writing, then I don’t think there’s much hope for me as a writer.
I think it’s like the saying “those who can do, do and those who can’t teach.” How can I be inspiring about writing if all I do is just talk about it? I’d rather be inspring through action. That because I can write about different things, that my journey in becomming a writer means that much more. I don’t want to be one of those people who make their living just handing out buzz words or talking about the process but never really do anything.
Yes, they are full of hurrah and can sometimes help to inspire people, but for me, it’s always been the real action that has more power. I don’t want to keep telling people I write, I want to prove it. It’s funny but at the same time I’m declaring this here, its parallelling with my work at the museum.
I’ve become frustrated with my class there, the docent training program that teaches us about art. During my training, we’ve had to do a tour and speak on a couple of pictures. My approach was the only unique one out of the whole class; I was the only one who didn’t give facts and figures and spend all of my time lecturing on the piece itself. I was the only one who got people invovled and asked them to talk about it and their lives accordingly. I spoke very little to let the others speak more. We spoke about life, laughter, being human, home. It was wonderfully interactive and fun. The other Docents in training taught. They taught about line, about negative and positive space, about the artist. About this fact and that.
Now, I’m not saying that’s not inappropriate because I think that’s probably how a lot of docents and teachers work. But none of the docents in training were artists. I didn’t understand how they felt they could talk about the picture so coldy. I don’t want to ever do that. I don’t want to be a bunch of fact and talk. I want to do and if that’s inspiring, wonderful. If not, I’m not going to write about it to try to make it so.