Class is in session again today because I just watched another part of the Master Class with David Sedaris. He had another point that I would like to share. I don’t know how many of you carry around your phones or notebooks to take notes when inspiration strikes but he had advice that needs to shared with everyone.
We all live in the world where people take out their phones to vlog or take photos. Writers take out their notes when they find something worth writing down. One piece of advice that David gives is that there are times when we need to let the story play out instead of taking out a pen or our phones. There’s beauty in some moments that shouldn’t be interrupted. Conversations that you have with strangers that would end if you took out your notebook like a reporter getting ready for an interview.
Not only is there beauty in conversations and moments in this world but there are times when it’s more valuable to participate in the moment instead of being a behind the scenes camera man. It’s like the time when I saw a cameraman, who usually films “live” accidents or big events to sell them to news stations, set down his camera to pull a man out of a truck on fire. He saved the man’s life instead of filming. Could you have lived with yourself if you choose to watch instead of help?
I guess what I’m trying to say is to stop being a bystander, or as David said, “Don’t ruin the moment.” Participating in a conversation that you never would have had is more valuable than interrupting a moment that might not happen because you want to take cliff’s notes. Set down your camera and your notebook once in a while to participate in what’s around you.
As writers we need a reminder that what makes our stories rich are the experiences that we have as we go through life. I know there are people walking around on this big blue marble living what we dream of writing. Some people never feel the need to write a book because they’re living one. Of course, those people probably weren’t born to be writers but I hope you get what I’m saying. Writers need both. We need to experience some of what we’re writing in order to understand the story.
The point that David and I are trying to make is that there are times when you need to let stories happen to you. Take out your notebook later so that you don’t stop story or those telling you the story. Let yourself experience the world around you and stop hiding behind your pen because some stories happen when you least expect them.
Your homework for today is to go out into the world without your shield – your notebook and pen. Talk to a few strangers today. Think of unusual questions you can ask people. Just don’t creep anyone out.
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