Calling all writers! And non-writers.
Everyone is always going on about how you should find yourself and know who you are (I myself believe that I am a few different kinds of people, depending on my mood. But that’s a story for another day).
A great way to know and understand yourself better is by writing. Writing can reveal truths about ourselves that we would never have discovered any other way.
The primary duty of literature is to tell us the truth about ourselves by telling us lies about people who never existed.
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
It doesn’t matter what you write, who you show it to or what you do with your work. Isn’t it crazy? With just a pen and a blank piece of paper you can create worlds; you can make people laugh, you can make people cry. You can make people feel; you can motivate and inspire.
To me that’s the closest thing to magic we’ll get.
Writing is very personal, I believe this is why writers find it so scary to share their writing with others. It is a piece of themselves that they are putting out there for others to judge and rip apart.
Still, I want to encourage all writers to share what they have written. What if people don’t like it? But… what if they DO?
7 Billion people experienced this day in a different way. Your story deserves to be told. Who knows who you might be helping, inspiring, teaching?
Write beautifully, write brutally, write anything, write everything. Just write.