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"I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark." Henry David Thoreau
I’ve done this. I’m sure you have as well. The idea that burns a hole in your brain just as that sleepy feeling washes over you. You know you’re tired but you can’t stop your brain. You love this inspiration even though you’re going to be SO tired the next day.
"Writing is a sweet, wonderful reward…" Franz Kafka
Writing feels like coming home, getting back in touch with old friends and reacquainting myself with them. Yes, they’ve changed and grown but they’re still the same people that I’ve always known. And, they welcome me back with open arms.
"You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else." Grace Paley
The times when I haven’t been able to write either as much as I’d like to or not at all, I don’t feel “right.” Like something is missing and I’m not complete unless I’m doing it.
"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else." Gloria Steinem
I always begrudge the time I spend on things that I aggravate me. Like waiting in lines, sitting in meaningless meetings, or doing errands that seem to take forever. I want to be sitting at the desk and writing.
"Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer." Julien Green
Isn’t it great when this happens? When the words are coming so fast that your fingers on the keyboard can’t keep up. What a rush. It’s like a runner’s high—floating, not feeling any pain or difficulty.
"Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write." Robert Penn Warren
This weekend, we went out of town. I sat in the car and wrote while my husband listened to the ball game on the radio. It was not something I thought I should do but something I wanted to do. The sun was streaming through the window, warming me while I wrote with the computer in my lap. Heaven.
What is it about writing that makes you happy? I’d love to hear what makes you excited about the creative process.