The Dark Side of Writing, with Nancy

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.

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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…

Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

 

 

The world of writing, design and creativity

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The life of  writing and designing wrapped in creativity may bring joy to our life. Others times we may find it is a struggle. Yet, we continue to write with joy, in the middle of life’s struggles and day to day living.

I finally finished a short little PDF book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders.”  My plan was to write and publish quickly. Instead my plan changed and the final book required more time than I planned.

BUT

It is now finished and available to the public. Check out my about page for book details. “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders is available as a gift, when you purchase, A Hurting Heart.”

I am in the middle of a long term goal called, “Relationships of the Heart Boot Camp for Leaders.” On the inside where the planning and writing is happening, it is requiring me to use many different styles of writing.

At the center of the planning, (this keeps the writing focused) is the Relationships of the Heart Conference/Workshop material. If you are reading this don’t tune me out and think, “this is not writing, Nancy is talking about a conference and workshop.”

This is where the thinking is wrong. For me there is more hours than I can count in the area of writing a conference/workshop. Edits, more edits, questions, cultural understanding, pilot programs, more edits rewrites and a cup running over with patience!

FINALLY

an entire package of writing from the conference/workshop is in the works for material for DVD’s, CD’s, videos and more.

Today’s world of writing is changed. From non-fiction, to fiction. From eBooks, paperbacks, audio books, and pdf’s, to various shapes and sizes.

The world of writing is changed forever.

To my friends and writers who struggle with a specific style and type of writing, maybe it is time to try a different style.

It is possible non-fiction is more your style and you are hammering away at fiction. It is possible fiction is more your style and you are hammering away at fiction. I am not saying to give up when writing becomes difficult. Instead I am saying, it is ok to try another style.

The next chapter of my writing in it’s beginning stages is memoir writing. Stay tuned for future posts. I will place the words (Memoir) at the end of each post title to assist people to quickly find the posts on my memoir topic.

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Share your thoughts in the comment section. Let me know your favorite personal style of writing, and your least favorite. Let’s learn from one another.

Until I return,

Nancy