…and free yourself of demons.
You write to dig and discover.
You are not looking to free yourself of anything.
You are writing to embrace what is uncovered.
We can only change that which is “ours”.
Some speak to the catharsis of writing, to the spewing forth and releasing of that which is hidden deep inside. There can be a sense of relief when dark secretes take flight as words across the page. And I will not deny this process.
However, the process, as so many discover, does not end in the ranting, the spewing, and the attempt at release.
What every writer and reader is looking for is not a ride along a wave of words released, but rather a chance to hold what another has embraced.
When I read the blogs of others, I see the power of writing not in the releasing, but rather in the holding of ideas, beliefs, memories, thoughts and feelings that have been uncovered and discovered.
I see these writers hold up these items, some treasures, some dark and deadly, to the light of their sharp mind and verbal skills. And I realize these items, held by these writers, never stood a chance, because the writer as creator will transform them, coddled as they are in his or her grip.
If I release you, I will never hold you and I may deny you are mine.
If I hold you, I own the power to transform you.
And this is what I see so many writers doing.