A Quote Which Encourages Me to Write, Even When I Doubt Myself.


Thanks to Martin Flux, whose challenge was for writers to share a quote that encouraged them to write.

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“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” – Stephen King.

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You might think this an odd quote to choose. It might be strange that a quote that talks about a writer feeling diminished because of what they wrote being too close to their heart, encourages my own writing. But I find when I put myself out there; when I write and I write about the things that have hurt me the most; or made me love the most; and I admit things that make me seem a careless human being, I’m at my best. 

All people guard secrets close to their hearts and so most understand. And for people who read my work and ask, “Why would you ever admit that or say that, where people can read it and see it?” It is because I have to make people understand. I accept some people won’t but it doesn’t make me stop attempting to relate to them in someway. 

I often feel as I have this explosion of words and story demanding to be let out of my heart. So I write, and later I edit and correct. I try to make my emotions understandable through writing, a method people relate to. You may not comprehend what I wrote. But I needed to tell that story and say those words even if I didn’t do it sufficiently.

Writing is like breathing for me. Some people talk a lot and tell stories out loud, I tell them typed on pages. Or I write them by hand in journals.Yet I know, there I things I say that will be misunderstood or taken out of context, or read with an incorrect meaning attached. But then when you write, that’s how it is, the reader often chooses the meaning.

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