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Writing has been one of the most important facets of my life. It has been joyous, agonising, cathartic, and pure torment – at times all at once.

A good number of the people we meet on a daily basis are either closet writers struggling with a great fiction work of the 21st century, know someone who writes, or wishes they could write. They are people whose minds and hearts and souls have already been touched by some great novel or philosophical work.

What is it about the act of creation in this particular form that people seem to claim so freely, and that utterly claims those who practice what has been identified equally as craft, art, and skill?

Those suffering PTSD, in particular war veterans, are increasingly advised to turn to writing in order to exorcise those demons coiled in the depths of their consciousness.  After spending much time researching the Vietnam War era and reading the multitude of stories posted online, it has been surprising to read about how many of those vets saw relief from their symptoms for the first time in 40 years only after they began to write their stories. Writing seems to have allowed them to objectify their pain, and to untangle it from the pleats of their brains once those unspeakable experiences finally have voice.

What’s more important, though, is that for the first time in history these narratives can bypass the publishing world and still have an audience, and the generations of an entire era have been embracing the technology that allows it to happen. Most will only ever occupy one place along the continuum that defines the writer but the common ground is the same: storytelling.

What’s truly amazing is that no matter why the writer gives life to words, and no matter how transformative the practice is personally, it’s what writing does for the reader. That someone else’s expression – and in some cases the simple retelling of an event without deferring to form or style or structure – can, in its plainness and honesty, somehow become equally transformative to the reader is why writing can hold within its power the agency to incite, provoke, stimulate, engross, entertain, madden –

The potential is infinite. No painting ever brought on a revolution. No symphony or concerto ever stopped time in its tracks and restarted it.

But writing has.

It’s this possibility, in the smallest and grandest of ways, that makes anyone face the blank space before them and begin the metamorphosis with a word.

It is through this blog that I hope to engage with these ideas.

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2 responses to “Blog

  1. Sandra,
    I was browsing through YouTube videos for any and all I can soak up as a new, full time beginning write and I found this video, “The One Fatal Mistake Writers Make And How To Fix It,” and I thought to myself, wow, I could learn so much from her and let me start by saying thank you! I had to take an early retirement but am an educated middle aged man (I hold a bachelor’s in Technical Management, a master’s in Human Resources with a minor in Psychology) and I have forever had stories within me I wanted to share with the world and now am taking vested time in learning all I can. It will be a pleasure to follow you and I look forward to continuing information you put out about writing / editing / publishing, and any other pertinent information you feel like supplying.
    You are a brilliant woman and as I had previously stated and let me again thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge as it is related to writing. May I bid you a good day!

    Sincerely,
    Nate Brabant

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