I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame. -Alice Walker The Color Purple 1944-
This blog is not therapy. It may be therapeutic. And cathartic. I know writing for 14 plus years (2008-) has magnificently helped me arrive to this one place. And the writing I did as a child through my high school years helped me carve out a fantastical world only I was privileged to know. The moment you pick up your pen, or type away at a keyboard, everything vanishes, except the images in your mind.
“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” —Buddha
This is not a poetry blog. I previously had published poetry on WordPress and much of what I wrote was angry, despondent, and careless. Currently and painstakingly, I am extracting all my work to edit and publish a chapbook. With the intention of exposing the hurt and highlighting the healing.
Although I may sneak a few poems in here and there, what I ultimately hope to accomplish is openly share my journey from pain to freedom. And perhaps help someone else move along. I offer a Friday writing group here https://calendly.com/periwinklesstudio/the-notebook
Consider sharing your writing journey. How has writing helped you? Where do you want to land? Do you want to land? If you flew, where would you venture to?
When a writer takes on the task of exploring the world of the spirit, she has invited a process that will change her permanently. If she has done her work well, it will change her readers too.
Vinita Hampton Wright, The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers