This is just a little comment that I have noticed about myself and I am wondering if other writers do the same.
What I have noticed is this-
When I am really pushed, when I am flat out angry, mad, threatened, and wanting to protect myself- want to know what I do?
I write a note.
Yes. The other night, something stressful happened and my first response was to write a note and put in on our microwave door.
When our dog was attacked, first step after calling the police/vet, was to stick a note on the dog owner’s fence. That will teach them!
When my students really are not meeting expectations, oh, I sit down and begin to type some inspiration for them.
I have scribed eloquent statements. I have created simple list of words. I have issued directives. I have used exclamation points- a lot. (Seriously, to a writer – does anything say “Power” like exclamation points all in a row. An symbolic army all lined-up at my command.)
As I look at this activity from a distance, I have no idea what I am hoping to accomplish, as many never even see these notes. But, as a writer, it seems to be my stress response.
If I don’t know what to do, if I can’t say, well, then, I will write it!
Does anyone else do this?