By: Misha Gericke
“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”
It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. No two writers are the same. Not only are there a thousand and one working methods to get a story written, but all of us have different views and experiences that influence what we put onto the page.
And then there are our limits. Those places in our writing where we don’t like to go. Some people boldly jump into sex scenes with extreme joy. Others stop at the bedroom door. Some people have to push themselves to write about violence. Others hardly notice that they’re writing it.
See all of us have this dark well of emotions that we don’t want to look at, let alone draw from it. Everyone’s well is a little different, but it’s there. And that’s what makes it feel as if we cut things from our guts when we write about them. Because it’s something that we have to force ourselves to do.
My well would be addressing the causes of my phobias or the dark side of my psyche. I never like digging about in the parts of my soul not fit to be shown to people I know. Still, I do it.
Why? Because it makes for excellent writing. Dredging up thoughts and feelings from that dark well gives a depth that one can’t get simply from writing down bland words out of the happy side of our souls.
Besides, dredging is like cauterizing a festering wound. Burns like hell, but in the end it’s good for us.
What do you find insanely difficult to write about? Do you write about it any way?
Misha is a passionate writer currently revisionating her beast of a fantasy epic “Doorways”. When not le tweeting (@MishaMFB) on her various editing shenanigans, Misha lives at her wonderful blog http://sylmion.blogspot.com.