I have a friend who struggles to write and I feel bad. I do my best to write. I try to write at lunch, which doesn’t always pan out. I try to write in the evening, which again, doesn’t always pan out. The point is, to be writing in some way. I gave them the advice to freewrite – open Word. Type whatever thoughts are plaguing you, the ones that keep coming back, the ones that won’t leave you alone. And they did. And they posted it after cleaning it up.
Writing is like Free Therapy
They wrote about how they are struggling with a few things in life. Writing it out helped. It got the words out of their brain and onto the screen. I’m a firm believer of this type of therapy. If you can’t afford to go to a therapist – write. Write everything as often as you can. Don’t starve yourself or your family, but get the thoughts out of your head and onto the screen or paper. Once they are there, you can go through them and figure out where they are coming from, how to go about fixing them, and rank the relevancy of them.
I was listening to yesterday’s blogcast by Rose Caraway, the Sexy Librarian, and her interview with Malin James. The thing that stuck with me were the bits about ‘why erotica’ and that you want to treat writing like laundry. Sure, you’ve washed it and dried it, and hung and/or folded it, but now it’s tomorrow and there’s another load to do.
There’s another load to do.
Get to Writing
This simple sentence translates to there’s another idea. There’s another story to write. Another word, another chapter. Another collection or novel. There’s never going to be an ending of something to write about. Regardless of how many ways you create a story, there’s always going to be another nipping at your heels begging to be fleshed out and put out into the world.
There will always be another blog post, another article, another research paper, or poem. Don’t let the words become cluttered and dammed up in your brain, clogging the pipes. You don’t even have to write for the purpose of money or publication. You can just write to help clear your mind and move forward. Writing can be a way of confessing, of cleansing your soul. It’ll help get that chip off your shoulder or the weight off your chest. It’ll help you feel clear-headed and like you’re walking on air.