I’m hoping that this will become a weekly tradition for my blog whereby I choose a quote and the expand upon the thoughts that reading it creates. I am hoping that what I write will be of interest to at least someone, otherwise this will be the shortest-lived series of posts on my blog ever….
I like this quote for a number of reasons, the main one being that I feel it speaks directly to me. Before I discovered writing as an outlet, I will admit to being in quite an unsure place in my life. It had been a terrible start to the year and yet I found solace and comfort in writing. I found a way to express myself in ways that I often find difficult to verbalize. With writing, I feel as if I am free from the constraints that would otherwise hold me back. I have always been quite shy and unsure of myself, writing gives me a voice that I might not have had otherwise.
I have so much to say but so few chances to verbalize what it is that I believe, often I feel as if there would be no one to listen if I said the words out loud. Writing gives me the opportunity to express that which I might not necessarily understand, allowing me the chance to make sense of the maelstrom of emotions that often swirl around in my mind.
There are literally hundreds of stories floating around in my mind, thousands of characters all clambering to be heard and given a voice of their own. It feels like a physical pain when I am denied the opportunity to write, I need to let the stories and the characters out, knowing that they’ll keep pecking away at me until I do.
There are many crosses we have to bear in this life, but I can think of no greater torture than having a story living inside of me and not having the chance or ability to tell it. Even if it is only I who ever reads it, at least I know that I will have given those stories and the characters associated with them a chance to be heard.
Is that what makes a writer? I don’t know, but I would like to think that it is.
Please feel free to leave your own thoughts and comments on this week’s quote, I would love to hear what others think. 🙂