Write Now Newsletter – April 2003

by | Apr 3, 2003 | Write Now Columbus Essay Archives

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.”
-Cyril Connolly


Hi Tribe:

Each month when I send out this e-newsletter, several addresses bounce. With the world in upheaval, I worry about these missing writers. And, I wonder if they are still writing.

And that brings me to you dear readers. Are you writing? How often? Is it enough for you? For me, writing is a practice. Some days it’s like brushing my teeth. I don’t always want to do it, but after it’s done, I feel better. I write to make sense of my world, even at times when that feels impossible. And like brushing my teeth, I don’t think too much about my writing. Sure I like being published, but even if I had no hope of ever getting published again, I’d continue to write. I’d have to. Writing won’t let me stop. During those periods when I haven’t written, I’ve been miserable. And if there’s ever been a time that I’ve needed to write in order to keep my misery down to a dull ache, that time is now.

My call to you this month, dear writing tribe, is to end the misery. Not the horrors we’re seeing on TV news. I’m talking about ending the agony we create for ourselves by not writing. We may never be able to end the suffering of the world, but we can end our self-imposed torture — by picking up a pen and moving it across the page.

So put yourself out of your misery – go write something!

Nita(picking up her purple pen)Sweeney
(c) 2003 by Nita Sweeney

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