Writing on Toilet Paper. On Second Thought, Just Write!
Confession: Long before this whole “V” thing starting rocking our world (“V” as in virus), I was experiencing severe burn-out. In a way, this current theme in humanity has made me revisit my passion and purpose for writing.
Being a writer (for me) means being submerged in a stunning soup of creativity, impulse, intuition, and self-flagellation. What? Writing launches me to the moon of elation, while also crushing me into fits of torture. Hint: Think Edgar Allan Poe, meets Elmo, meets Vincent van Gogh. Yup, it’s that crazy.
Another layer to the soup? Writing about the meaning of signs and symbols adds a level of pressure – I pride myself on not serving you symbolic slop on a slab. Nope. I have high standards. Integrity. Every article I present to you is thoroughly researched, relevant and (hopefully) meaningful to you.
Online writing and writing for search engine attention (like Google) adds another element of rendering garments and gnashing of teeth. Frankly, it’s brutal. Don’t even get me started (but you can email me if you want to get my top twisting on the subject, lol).
Those might seem compelling negative points to writing, right? So why do it? Because the process of writing – especially by hand – can be totally therapeutic.
I realize writing might not be everybody’s bag, baby. But this is a plea for you to give it a shot. There is no greater time than now to use the written word to express emotion, thought, experiences.
You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t need experience with blogging. It doesn’t cost anything. You can pull out a piece of toilet paper and write some thoughts down. Oh, wait…scratch that…don’t do that during a toilet-paper-crisis! Yikes!
I hope you get my gist. Write down your thoughts. Email, journal, write random stuff in an old notebook you’ve had hanging around…steal some paper from your kid’s school back pack. You don’t have to have structure. You don’t have to win a spelling bee.
If there is one thing I know it’s this: Writing might not come naturally to everybody, but it DOES come, and it can be revolutionary in terms of : Healing, Self-exploration, Self-expression, Organizing thoughts, and so much more.
Approach writing as you would a first date. Sometimes creepy. Sometimes delightful. Diverse, deep, full of potential. The great thing about writing is that you are in control.
And, I think control is what many of us are seeking right now when times now render a lot of us feeling helpless.
If you ARE a writer. Keep it up! The world needs your words! If, like me, you’ve been in a burn-out with your writing, this might be the perfect time to reignite your word craft!
At the end of the day, we all have stories within us. At the very least, writing can be an opportunity to conceptualize or organize ideas and personal stories.
I don’t make many promises, but I promise writing can be extremely therapeutic. And let’s face it, we all could use a little positive therapy.
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Stay well, stay symbolic, and start writing!