September 27, 2012

Much Ado About Something

Sometimes I write to escape—that’s called hanging out with my characters. It’s fun and healthy. Every single person needs to escape,for just a little while.

Other times I write to vent...but that’s called a rant, or simply feeling sorry for myself, and nothing good really comes of that, so I don’t post those writings.

I also write when I’m happy, or feeling extra special because I helped someone, or they helped me.

I write when I’m inspired by something in the news, a smile, something cheesy like a rainbow or walk along the beach.

My emotions spill into my writing. However, when I’m hurt, be it feelings or physical pain, I find it hard to write anything that makes sense. My mind pings like a rampant super ball, up in anger, pounding the ground in disbelief. It’s exhausting.

I want to say something clever, pretend it doesn’t matter, defend myself, and slap the offender silly--simultaneously. Yet I do none of these things.

My throat closes.  Then I bolt so they won’t see my tears—my weakness.

Or, like today, I post something on my blog. I try to say a lot—yet nothing really comes across the page to express exactly what I feel.

I suppose I just need to write a whole lot of nothing to let wounds ebb away...through the fingertips on my keyboard.  Then, surprisingly, I feel better.

What does writing do for you?


  1. Sometimes writing is an exciting and energetic activity to share with others. Words flutter from my fingertips creating stories where characters face their fears, find hope and overcome adversity.

    Other times, when I'm going through something difficult or sad, I open my heart and allow my soul to seep onto a page. Writings for my eyes only.

    Either way, like you, I feel better.

  2. Thanks for sharing, C.E. I love your writings. They are filled with comedic antics, laughter, touching scenes and soft murmurings. You reach the whole gamut of emotions in your stories.
    Thanks for the warm hug. I felt it in your response.

  3. Writing all these things and emotions into my characters allows me to face a fear (maybe even cope) that I, in "normal" life, wouldn't pursue. Writing is purging sadness, happiness, silliness and the occasional wackiness; all while working through to a resolution that stills the heart. Then I share all these things in hopes that others would be in spired to do the same :)

  4. Love, love LOVE the way you put that, Virginia! You have a way of conveying the inner mind of us writers. Thank you!