Finding Purpose by Writing in the Shadows – Andrzej Barski

I don’t believe in coincidences. I’m much more inclined to imagine there’s a reason for things, a bigger picture. And that includes why we’re alive. It’s not a new idea, of course. Aristotle wrote that we all have purpose and the meaning of life is to try and attain that purpose. We’re still trying to figure that one out twenty-four hundred years later.

For me, writing is my way of learning to understand. It’s my canvas and my keyboard for expressing the ‘me-ness‘ of me. Writing has helped me understand what my purpose is. I’m no saint, that’s for sure, no guru and certainly no expert but I do know my purpose is to help people remember their purpose. I’m a trigger.

I had this insight while writing my first work of fiction, Powers That Be. I began by writing more than 25,000 words in unconnected streams of consciousness. Hour after hour of furious keyboard taps but no structure, no strong point of view, no plot and definitely no target audience. I had no idea where it was going at all. To be honest, I didn’t care. I just wanted to write. I was on a mission and I wanted to share a message. Problem was at that time I didn’t know what that message was, and I had no idea how to share it.

Like most aspiring authors I lost the plot. Literally. Easy to do when you don’t have one in the first place. Frustration, self-doubt and anxiety decided it would be fun to mess around with ‘poor me’ and my … Continue reading

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