Last night as Alan and I were re-watching Finding Forrester, I was caught by these words:
Why is it the words we write for ourselves are so much
better that the words we write for others.
Followed immediately by this:
No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!
This resonated deeply with me, because it is truth. When I write from my heart and soul, with the editor muted, the truth is so apparent. The struggle to find the word or phrase that expresses just what I want is cut short, because I don't worry about words or phrasing. I speak from my heart.
Writers are frequently damaged people. We write to clarify what is floating around in our heads. We write for ourselves. I write to clear the fog, to see the truth, to find evidence, to convince myself of reality, and to reclaim my self-esteem. I don't know if those are honorable intentions or not, but that's why I write.
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin
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