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Agony

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


This is why we write. We think there's no other way to get this "stuff" out. It could be a lesson we've learned, or are trying to learn, about our own lives. Most of my writing is about this, and I've used personal essays to work through those lessons. Some people use fiction. It's a way to get that story out of us; it's one way to rid ourselves of the agony of keeping it bottled up. 

Sharing ourselves through writing and art is a way of sharing secrets. Because we have no real way of knowing exactly how someone else is thinking or feeling, we imagine that we may be the only one who thinks this way-- that's agony! But it's also leaving us vulnerable, so we have to choose: the agony of keeping it locked up, or the fear of sharing.

And we wonder why writers are stressed out so much!

Happy April! Here's to reducing the agony, one letter at a time.

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  1. oh the agony and the ecstasy of sharing one's thoughts. Looking forward to the rest of the series

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    1. Thanks! It's such a strange thing, as I've always been a little anxious when speaking out, and yet I have such this drive to do exactly that. Being human is weird.

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  2. So true - the story eats at you until you let it out!
    Debbie

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