“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
— Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
— J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
— Ernest Hemingway
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
— Madeleine L’Engle
One would have to suppose, with so many examples and so much inspiration, there is nothing that would stop a desirous writer. Writing would simply pour out of the willful. Would it not? Should it not?
Writing – the need
If you feel the need within yourself, then your writing will express itself. There is no stopping it, other than the reluctance you may yourself be holding on to. Yes, there are reasons; genuine reasons why a person does not write what is in his or her mind. Fear that emanates from those reasons, is real.
Therefore, one day, do sit down and examine the reasons for your fears. Are you afraid that your writing will not be recognized? Or, are you afraid that it might be recognized and invite harsh critique? Either way, you can see what happens. You have deprived yourself of the freedom you have. In the process, you have also deprived those who might benefit from your expressions.
The time will come when the writing will express itself. If the desire lives, it will exert its power upon you. Finally, it will escape, even your own reluctance and form into words upon the pages that wait!
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