24 October 2011

Today, Write Like Pavarotti

Recently, my mom got me into listening to Pavarotti. So, one day, while Pavarotti hypnotized me with his incredible, thunderous, mountainous voice, I couldn't help but notice just one thing.

Just watch this...

Okay, did you see it?

Those last few seconds, right when he was done, and the music finished...did you notice it too?

If you didn't, play the video again. And look for that expression on his face...that look of sheer joy for what he was doing. For every second of that song, he enjoyed it, right down to the applause.

When was the last time that you finished your writing session with that look on your face? The look that says, “I love what I'm doing, and that is all that matters to me right now.”

How many of us sigh in exasperation when we reach our daily word count that took us ages to get to? Or ache during that ten minutes of free time we are spared and wonder if we should write at all or just wait for a "better" moment? Or stare aimlessly as we try to think of something profound to write?

I know I have those days too. Way too many of them to count.

So, when I watched that video today, I couldn't help but think about how obvious it was that Pavarotti enjoyed what he was doing. Right down to the very last second. And it was all over his face.

Sure, someone might say, if I sang like Pavarotti, I'd have that look on my face too.

But, you know what? Even though my writing may never be the equivalent to Pavarotti’s operatic talent, I think we can all take a lesson from Pavarotti.

Today, write like Pavarotti. Write with the intent of enjoying every last second of what you are doing. Write like it's your last chance to write. Write like you did when you were little and the idea of creating a story seemed like magic, instead of a chore. Write...to tell a story. Write to create a new world for someone else. Today, don't write to get published. Don't write to fulfill someone else's expectations of what you should be writing. Don't write to get famous. Don't write to get a standing ovation.

Write...to get that look on your face.

Still Image from YouTube Video (Copyright Belongs to valdezalcantara)

And then you know what? Stand up and give yourself your own damn standing ovation.

Because you do deserve it.


  1. I assure you, I'm going to be thinking of this tomorrow. Thank you for one of the most interesting motivators I have ever had. Write like Pavarotti! That is brilliant!

  2. What a beautiful post. I love that song and Pavarotti certainly looks like he enjoys it. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for your words of encouragement :) I think we all appreciate that you are spreading a positive message in the hopes of keeping us all inspired. Many thanks for that!

  4. Great post, love the idea of having pure bliss at what your doing! New follower from blogaholic, have a great evening! You can find me at
    Stop by when you have the chance :)

  5. WOW! You are so right girl. Sometimes we get too bogged down with the need 2 write and forget about the want. Thank you!

  6. Great post! I love that feeling-wish I had it more often!
    new follower from Monday Hop

  7. Two thumbs up, Nicole. :) Very inspirational!

  8. very cool , I'm following from the Tiggerific blog hop


  9. love the post - so so true.. the bliss on his face is awesome.

    your newest follower from the tuesday blog hop.. you can find me at http://purplechronicle.blogspot.com/

  10. This is a marvellous approach to tackling pretty much everything we do in life, Nicole...passion and doing anything we love for the sheer enjoyment of it all is the key ingredient, yet it's so often missing in our blindly driven, frenetic lives. What a good reminder and a great role model you've provided into spurring us all on to have fun!

  11. Today I am going to give you a standing standing ovation for this post and to day am also going to to be giving one to another who will be doing an awesome job for herself today Me xxxxx

  12. What a great inspirational post!

  13. Smiles and hugs to you! Thanks.

  14. He knows he's in the right profession and he performed perfectly. I hope all of us experience this high.

  15. Fantastic post! Thank you for following my blog.

  16. What a great post. I love to listen to Pavarotti!! And sometimes I'm relieved to be done writing for the day--but most days I'm smiling :D

    Cheers! Jenn

  17. A beautiful voice just not my cup of tea. I am more a song person that an artist follower, if that even makes sense.

    Anyway, I'm following you from the Get Connected Tuesday Blog Hop.

  18. @Ms. Brooke - Thank you! I hope your writing went well!! I'm so glad this inspired you!!

    @The Desert Rocks - Thank yoU!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    @Devin Bramhall - Thank you! I hope I continue to inspire people to keep going! I'm figuring out that is becoming my "blog niche" :)

    @Frugal in WV - Thank you!! You too! I will check out your blog now!

    @Stephanie Mathis - Thanks for reading!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it (despite the drama that occured on WD Comm as a result of it. :)

    @mamawolfe - Thank you!! (Me too! I don't experience that enough!)

    @Diane Carlisle - Thank yoU!! :)

    @Diane - Thanks! I'm checking out your blog now!

    @Kajal - Thank you! I love seeing that face - every time it makes me smile! I'm checking out your blog now!

    @Desiree - You're right! This is an approach we should take with everything we do -- too bad it just isn't something we experience enough! I'm so glad to inspire and encourage everyone to have this approach!!

    @Debra - Thank you!!! Applause all around!! And yay for applauding yourself - you DO deserve it!

    @Maxine - Thank you!

    @shelly -Thanks! :)

    @DM - No kidding! I hope to experience this at least somewhat regularly. ;)

    @Murees Dupe - Thanks!!

    @Jenn - That's pretty good though!! It's good to have most days like that - I still continue to struggle! (I know, don't we all! :)) thanks for reading!!

    @Joanna - Hey, we all have our choice for music!! Thank you for reading!!

  19. Thanks for reminding us this simple fact! very inspirational x
    Hopping from BSN, and your newest GFC follower x

  20. Okay, I officially love this. And needed it. You're so right, and Pavarotti is awesome.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  21. @Esmeralda - Thanks!! :) I'm so glad you were inspired!

    @Sarah Allen - Thank you!!! He is! Good luck with your manuscript!!


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