“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”Maya Angelou
WRITING FEELS GOOD. Not writing feels bad. I haven’t been writing much over the past six months. As a result, my head is stopped up. Writing expels the congestion, unsticks the sticky gunk.
Writing is my anti-depressant, my anti-anxiety medication, my no-cost, risk-free therapy. Writing is my alcohol, my drug of choice. Writing is my sex. Just kidding on the last one.
Self-doubt is a weird thing. “I am not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people,” wrote John Steinbeck in his diary.
Trying not to offend anyone by playing it safe with words is self-defeating in itself.
As a writer of words, it must be known that once you release your words into the world, you are no longer the owner. The owner of the words is now the reader, who chooses the meaning. If the reader personalizes the words by putting on the shoe and the shoe fits, it is the shoe she placed before her. The writer did not hand her the shoe. She took the shoe out of the box. She had the shoe all along. She even had the correct size.
You should know this. It is important.
Writing is my oxygen. The air I breathe. Not writing is suffocating. It is swallowing spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter without water or milk to flush it down.
Not writing is disempowering. It is the draining of the spirit.
Writing is the blood in my veins.
Writing is freedom.