Every man dies. Not every man really lives. ~ William Wallace
Artists are a group that dares to change things, dares to do things that make you question government, reality, family and your soul. Writers are included in this group of wonderful world makers and changers.
Along the way to discovering our ability we tend to write things that are different. We do this to learn who we want to be as a writer, who we feel we should be and whether we’re any good at the craft.
This path takes us to our deepest darkest places and sometimes we stay there for a while. Some of the best writers wasted away with depression, Hemingway is one of those who succumbed to the disease.
Our darkest stories come from that place we don’t let people see. Stephen King says about dark times, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”
Life is cruel and at times we are the best at dealing with cruelty. Who better than those that can create situations to be cruel. Some of the best times to write is when life is not being nice, it can help us find our voice or just help us through.
There are many things writing does for the writer. Helping us through the darkest times is one of these. When we cannot live, when we’re at the end of our rope it’s best to turn to the page before you are truly at the end of a rope.
With our turn of the page and ink on the page, physical or digital, we move through things. We find our lives, learn who we are and ultimately find the voice that was silenced but is screaming from the top of its lungs. It’s hiding in our subconscious and only needs a small nudge to get it going.
These small nudges are what keeps us writing. This is why writers and most creatives work long after the rest of the populace has retired from their day jobs.
It keeps us alive. It makes us whole, and in part it makes us live forever in our work.
Why are you choosing to live? Answer in the comments.
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