For some authors a dark side of writing exists. It is the place where our conscious mind enters the scene as we write about emotional pain, grief, suffering, or destruction.
We my cry and feel pain whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction. We may become angry, and frustrated. There will be occasions in this place, where we will want to quit.
This is the dark side of writing. The self-doubt, the self criticism, the questioning of ourselves, wondering if what we write is good enough for others to read.
The dark side is a lonely place. It is not a place of community, because in order to write we must be alone. It is not a time of chatting with others. It is a time of pushing through with our writing. Even if we cry as we write about our life experience or a fictitious situation, the emotion is deep and sometime turns into darkness.
When the moment of darkness arrives we must remind ourselves, this is all part of the journey and life of a writer. The dark side of a writer is necessary. For this is the place where our emotions will flow out into our writing.
Without darkness, there is no comparison to joy, and laughter. Without laughter and joy there is no comparison for darkness.
The key is, when we find ourselves wading into the dark side, we must be sure we do not stay in this place.
In the middle of today I stepped into the dark side of writing. As I finished, I looked out the window and the sun is shining brightly and soon I will venture out for a walk, to ensure, I step back out into the beauty of life.
Staying in the darkness is not an option…
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