Are you searching, for purpose?/ Then write something, yeah it might be worthless/ Paint something, and it might be wordless/ Pointless curses, nonsense verses/ You’ll see purpose start to surface…
“Kitchen Sink,” one of my favorite Twenty Øne Piløts songs, is a great one for writers. Listen here: www.youtube.com
Every writer feels down sometimes. Doubts creep in, sucking motivation and slowing progress to a crawl. Thoughts can spiral downward, deeper and darker, finally landing on the question, “Is there even a point to me writing at all?”
At that point, you need to get out of your head and find inspiration. Find something that reminds you why you love writing, something that stirs the stories inside you so that something has to come out. At that point, I love listening to music. There are several songs out there that get my creative juices flowing again, but sometimes you need something more.
“Kitchen Sink” is one song that helps me get out of my own head (a dangerous place to be) and realize that there is a purpose.
There is so much I love about that song. It deals with feeling isolated and realizing, “Nobody thinks what I think.” It then shifts to embracing, especially through creative means, what that isolation means: that you’re the only person who is exactly you.
There’s these lines: I’m a kitchen sink/ You don’t know what that means/ Because a kitchen sink to you/ Is not a kitchen sink to me/ Okay, friend? They remind me that every single person views the world uniquely. No two people see a kitchen sink in the exact same way. There’s a reason for me to bring my idea of the world into being through my stories, because no one else can.
And then there’s this: Are you searching, for purpose?/ Then write something, yeah it might be worthless/ Paint something, and it might be wordless/ Pointless curses, nonsense verses/ You’ll see purpose start to surface/ No one else is dealing with your demons/ Meaning maybe defeating them/ Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend.
What you write doesn’t need to be good, not when you’re so stuck you can’t move forward. You just need to write ‘pointless curses, nonsense verses,’ and eventually ‘you’ll see purpose start to surface.’ When you defeat your own, personal demons, you’ll start to see the meaning of your life and your writing. Writing through your frustrations, your fears, or whatever else is messing with you, will bring your unique perspective on the world into full bloom.