- Guest Post by Acamea L. Deadwilder
Writing to me is therapy. I have never been the best at verbally expressing my emotions or making myself vulnerable. I have frequently kept things bottled up inside, even to my own detriment. So, imagine the relief I felt the first time I put my most guarded feelings into words. I never knew how badly I needed an outlet for expression, until I used writing to express myself.
In crafting my memoir: Life, Love, and Lack Thereof, I laughed, I cried, I became angry and there was no one there to judge me or define the validity of my feelings. So, I could say whatever I wanted to say. I could be completely honest with no reservations about how the listener may respond. I knew that my words would be read eventually, but during the writing phase this was not an issue. It was just me and the computer. Once done, I felt completely free; as if years of weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
It is not in just writing about my own life that the art frees me. If I feel strongly about an issue or simply wish to add my opinion on a subject, I write. For a person that hates to be misunderstood, I find that this is the best way to ensure that your thoughts are expressed clearly.
How often do we engage in a discussion or disagreement, and afterwards, think of a million things we wish we would have said? Or kick ourselves for saying the “wrong thing.” In the heat of an exchange it is very easy to say things that we don’t mean or poorly express what we do mean. Writing out our thoughts helps eliminate this. We can sit down, ponder over what we have said, alter and change it as much as we’d like. Whereas, once a word has been spoken it is gone and can never be taken back.
Aside from the self-expressive aspect, what I love most about writing is the way that it can touch you. Even in reading, I can appreciate a well-written, brilliant assembly of words; but what I enjoy above all are those works which move me. I like to feel the words and the conviction behind them. Because writing to me, is ultimately a place where I can lay my burdens down.
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Genre - Memoir
Rating - PG13
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