Right to Write

Posted on September 7, 2003 by Sara Hickman. | 2 Comments

When is it right to write? Does everyone have the right to write? Does writing have
to be right to be good?

Any time. Yes. No.

So many people ask me these questions:

Most frequently asked: “How do you write?”

Next up: “Do you write at night or in the morning?”

And the very popular: “Do you write by hand or on computer?”

My answer is always thus:

“I write when I feel like it, which is almost all the time. I write on everything:
paper, computer, once on my car dashboard, my legs and arms (Memento, anyone?), my shoes, my jeans, napkins, newspapers, journals, notebooks,
sidewalks, walls, stationary, kitchen counter and refridgerator…you name it.
If I need to write, I flow. And once I flow, or GET OUT OF MY OWN WAY, whoa!
The flow goes!”

I would have to say that journaling is the most vital thing a writer can give
to themselves. Write because you love the feeling of expression, not because you have to or someone is expecting you to. Write because it is your gift to be able
to do so. I started journaling when I was 7, and I’ve never stopped. I have boxes full of my old journals…one of my saddest regrets is that the year I went off to college, I threw away all my childhood journals…I thought (at the time) that they
were goofy. What I wouldn’t give to have them all now!

Journal with friends. Journal with strangers. Journal online (like this blog)…journal about your new baby; journal with the man you’re dating.
Write like your life depends on it because in a way…it does. Your life
depends on you growing and stretching and causing yourself to THINK.
Writing releases synapses that get your mind expanding.

And your love of writing will bleed over into other forms of expression…painting, horseback riding, dance, laughter, empathy…you name it.

SET YOURSELF FREE. Write. Write. Write. Write now.


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2 responses to “Right to Write”

  1. Phil says:

    Wow. I was just on my way back from seeing my wife in the nursing home, and I was thinking to myself that I should start a journal. Then I get on the computer and this is the first thing I see. Now I’m thinking, yes, I will start a journal.

    Thanks Sara, Love you,
    Phil

  2. Phil says:

    Wow. I was just on my way back from seeing my wife in the nursing home, and I was thinking to myself that I should start a journal. Then I get on the computer and this is the first thing I see. Now I’m thinking, yes, I will start a journal.

    Thanks Sara, Love you,
    Phil



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