But for me, writing is cathartic. I need to write. I have to write. Why? Because my head is constantly swimming with ideas, memories, and sometimes... I just feel and care too damn much.
I wish I could just decompress by watching mindless reality tv or a glass of wine. I can't. I have to get it out, and talking to other people is really not an option for me. I do share some things, but honestly, I cannot express myself verbally the way I really need to.
The girl with the communications background has a hard time with communication. The girl with the Broadcast Journalism degree is more comfortable observing and reporting.
I read an excellent article today, it was titled, "How to think like a writer." The funny thing is, all of the things it suggested are things that I do naturally, without anyone telling me this is something I should do.
According to Carolyn Gregoire, a writer should:
- Study the greats
- Observe everything
- Write from your own truth
- Make writing your top priority
- Find your creative inspiration, wherever it may be
- Know what you are getting yourself into
- Find space for solitude
- Take it one day, one sentence at a time
- Compete only against yourself
- Just do it... and do it with joy
When I look over that list, I see many of my very truths - my essential habits. I am sure many of you who are writers do the same.
I think the most important thing to remember is- a writer comes in all forms. I like to document what I see, hear, feel, and believe. Some of you may create make believe worlds. Some may express through rhyme, while others do it lyrically. It doesn't matter how it is done, as long as someone does it.
It took me years to realize that I had a voice. When I found that voice, I was able to find a way to express without sounding callous (a terrible habit of those of us whose sense of humor is very dry and sarcastic.) Here I am able to express, not repress and be who I really am.
Thanks for traveling on that journey with me. I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but at least I am doing what I love.