I’m thinking about writing today.
I’m thinking about writing today because a fellow blogger has written a new piece that’s far from her usual style. It’s dark and intense, and she’s expressed her hesitance to post it in light of that. It makes me wonder how we, as writers, approach subjects we’re called to write about in spite of the inner debate, reluctance, fear.
I want to tell her WRITE! WRITE IT ALL! because I know some of my most powerful writing comes from those dark places. Good writing is in the marrow of our day-to-day.
I’m thinking about writing today because a new story has called my attention, and I’ve been piecing together words all week. But they’re difficult words – as truths often are – and I find myself hesitating. Deleting. Editing. Censoring.
I keep pushing myself WRITE! WRITE IT ALL! because I know some of my most powerful writing comes from those dark places. Good writing is in the marrow of our day-to-day.
I’m thinking about writing today and was amused to stumble on this quote in my morning emails:
“It’s a good thing to read a lot. It’s a good thing to write a lot. The best thing to do is to live a lot. Fall in love. Fall out of love. Make a fool of yourself. Watch other people make fools of themselves. Believe something stupid and then realize you’ve been tricked. Feel embarrassed. Be brave and bold. Then be cowardly and pathetic. Give a damn about the world outside yourself. Have some very dark nights. It’s all good. You’ll use all of it.”
— Michael Grant
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Image: Cy Twombly, Untitled 1968, House paint and crayon on canvas