Robert McEwen, is a longtime friend, fellow Prosperos Mentor, and a nationally known Astrologer. He allows his artistic talents to express in many ways such as this written piece appearing here in other voices section of SOC, enjoy.
Why I Like To Write - By Robert W. McEwen
I like to write. Really because I have to write. I don't feel I have a choice. It is what I do. Same with astrology. I picked up both of those at the age of 16. Got addicted to them both. Oh yeah, along with bass guitar! I started a band and wrote songs too. Not complicated or great masterpieces, but they were MY songs...thy had a gut and they popped. Pop music came from Pop People like anything when it POPS! Its real, it has feelings, and it is a bit catchy as well...it turns around and bites itself and then snaps out again...kinda like a rattlesnake.
We all like something that surprises us with feelings. That doesn't fit in. That breaks the norms rules and the average code. We get bored otherwise. Life is monotonous and is just going through the motions. So, we break out and go outside the dots. That means actually that we have to dig inside to our real feelings to create. Be it writing, music, or astrology. If it snaps, and breaks commonality then it pops! It gets our attention. IT is real! It has integrity of its own. It holds its own and I like it, you like it, others may like it.
But it is not written for that reason, so others can approve of it. Creativity is not an object that you go to the store and buy. You can't buy it in a form of some kind. You can't fake it. It is a function of its own intelligence and creates its own energy. It can't be stopped once it is born. There is a little bit of rebellion in real creativity, and really in just "being alive!" I learn by trial and air. Certainly, everything I write is not great. That is for sure. I have written some real dribble. I know that...but it is going to take me to the next level. I take a risk and know I am not really failing in the long run...I am learning!
Making mistakes are part of that, like falling off the bike as a kid. I am growing. But each thing leads to something that may "pop” That a connection may happen inside. It is an inner revolution that sparks the energy between different parts...the contradictions create a tension and then there is release. I don't edit much, because too often the "juice" gets squeezed out it and it lays there lifeless and limp
Creativity is like hot sex. That is when its good. Sex is creative energy popping, and writing or music, or even astrology, for me anyway, it is like really good sex. It is intimate, and a bit spicy, and almost feels like I am being a little naughty! That is when I know I am onto something. I have grabbed the hot wire and in the "zone". I don't have a choice about it...I have to do it, just like I have to breathe. I am not really alive, unless I am being creative. It has no normal rules! It has its own rules. It has its own voice. That is what I listen to and follow. That is my creed in being alive here on earth.