My Writing Sets Me Free

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Sometimes I think back to the early days when I first started writing.  It’s very safe to say that when I started, I embodied most of the stereotypical qualities thought to belong to most writers.

I started writing on a very serious and formal level in mid to late 1998.  At the time I was going through a very emotional time in my life.  I was clinically depressed; I relied upon the large amounts of coffee and sugary beverages just to be able to function.  I wrote poetry as an escape and suffered for my writing.  I foolhardily believed that it wouldn’t be good writing if I didn’t suffer for it, and stay up late into the night trying to create fabulous works, the likes of which nobody would ever read because in the morning after I would find ridiculous and unfounded fault with what I had written and destroyed the pages I had written upon.

Today my writing sets me free and I’m no longer suffering to create it.  Although most of the stereotypical writer traits no longer apply to me, I still subscribe to the notion that the archaic romanticism of the age-old writer still holds some validity.  Ideally I would love to have access to my very own writers studio, complete with the candelabra on the desk along side of a short stack of books with an old skull atop them as a paperweight, just as Da Vinci himself was rumored to have done.  Perhaps some archaic and timeless traditions in a writers life never change.

Want more?  Check out A Writer’s Journey.  Specifically, this post, Stereotypes of writers.


  • Sonia

    I am not a writer but I also write my thought when I’m depressed. I think that’s my stress reliever. Glad that you are able to create now even when your not depressed.

  • Miaka Yuuki

    I believe that the way you said that you are no longer struggling to write things but it does not make it easy or less challenging. It just means that it is now second nature to you. That is a good thing.

  • David Mureithi

    It’s what most of us do. We tend to keep in pace with other peoples traits. We later find who we really are, in the end.

  • Bartax

    There are indeed days where we suffer a writer’s block. It is the time when you can’t write a single thing, all the thoughts you have are muddle and you can’t seem o get it out. I face it by writing a phrase or a sentence, even a one word sentence.

  • meldred24

    Writing is expressing someone’s feelings. and emotions. It doesn’t need to be sad nor lonely to write. It should always comes from the heart.

  • esgyll

    Being a writer sure does have the same traits accorded to him or her whatever era he or she happen to be at the moment. Writing from emotions, writing because of emotions, and all the other things in between. I guess you could really say that some things never do change.

  • jolly555

    I can totally understand your post. Being emotional can really kill one’s writing vibes. It better to always try to be stable when trying to be a professional writer.

  • Obalade Damilola

    Writing is an art …I love writing..sometimes, I write about my life..I write about things that happen around me..I’m glad your writings set you free

  • Daielle M

    I’m not a writter but I think we all should writte at times just to let the emotions come out. It’s not a good advice for profesional writters but it heals the soul.

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