Here’s A Question That’s Been Rattling Around In My Brain For Awhile…

which explains why all its sharp corners and edges have been worn down…

as writers, i feel we’re called upon to go into our own dark places and bring back reports on the conditions there. it’s an element of truth that gives stories veracity – not that everything we write should be from that place – unless we’re writing a lot of horror. but it’s only in a balance between the light and the dark – and an acknowledgment of all the shades of grey in between – that we can bring a sense of life to our stories. anytime something makes us uncomfortable, we should hold that up to the light and seek to understand it – not so that we can put it into a story, but so that we may know how it relates to the overall balance… and maybe put it in a story.
so the question is this: is letting those dark parts out to play necessarily a good thing? i know we need to examine them, but should we take them off the leash and let them run free on the page, even if no one else ever sees what we write from that place? in the end, does it tire them out and make them more complacent, or does it strengthen them? or both? is working out our issues on paper useful or destructive?

opinions? open to anyone, of course, not just writers…

Listening to: Rio Grande – Fared Shafinury
Mood: well, it’s been a little dark in here from time to time

2 thoughts on “Here’s A Question That’s Been Rattling Around In My Brain For Awhile…

  1. I believe that it is necessary to confront one’s demons with the tools we have. I’m a writer, and that’s what I use. I also drink heavily by myself. That’s never as productive though.

  2. I’ve heard the claim that great art only results from pain, and this sounds like a part of that. I suppose it’s true for a subset of great art… but I doubt that Norman Rockwell, to pick one example not at random, suffered greatly for his art, and he put up a lot of well-done, light-hearted stuff, some of which should probably be called great.

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