Turn North

Today’s blog:  Inner Compass

A compass is an instrument used for navigation.  It has four cardinal points: North, South, East and West – North being the most important.  In fact, the compass needle always points north.

A compass  helps you set your course and find your way, and is especially helpful when traveling through unfamiliar terrain.  It keeps you from getting lost.

As you travel your life’s journey, you learn to rely on something similar – your inner compass.  It is how you orient yourself.

True North

Websters Dictionary explains that finding true north  on a compass is essential for accurate navigation.

For you (and me), there is an even deeper meaning attached to the metaphorical ‘true north’.   It’s knowing and moving in the direction of your story.  It means listening to the voice inside you.

Your authentic self is your inner compass, and when it points true north, you know:

  • why you write;
  • who you are writing for; and,
  • what story you want to tell.

Turn North

“Write what you want to write, listen to your internal voice, and follow the story wherever it leads you…”                                                                                                                                                 – Stephen King

Some days writing comes easy, not so on others.   Some days your characters dance across the page, then mysteriously disappear the next.

Still, you keep writing.

Deuteronomy 2:3 (ERV)  “You have traveled around this mountain long enough. Turn north.” 

Sage advice from a reliable source.

Writing presents its challenges.  Sometimes you feel like you are spinning your wheels…going in circles.  It’s at this junction on your writing journey that you learn to trust your intuition. You listen to the voice inside you – your inner compass.  Turn north: let your story lead you.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

Share how you follow your inner compass.  What is your true north?  How do you keep aligned with your destination as a writer?

Meanwhile, know your story matters.

Sunshine and rainbows!

S. Whitten


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