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Emotions are one of those things I don’t like to talk about. I try to avoid it at all costs, often because writing emotionally leaves me feeling both vulnerable and raw.
Still, the facts present themselves.
My best pieces always come from a place of extreme emotion.
My best work has been when I’ve been writing about something I’m passionate about. My writing becomes fueled by a barely controllable emotion. These emotions can be positive or negative but for me, when writing specifically my creative vision rises from a place of pain. I think that’s an important detail to remember. If you want to write passionately, you have to feel deeply, which can hurt. There is a reason that I chose writing about writing for my day job and didn’t pursue the personal essay path. Sometimes life is just too painful to make money from.
I love writing my current style of articles. Teaching is a passion, but writing about writing isn’t what makes me passionate. It’s the readers behind the article that gets my fire going. So while my job is fulfilling, I wouldn’t call this kind of writing passionate. It is however the safest and most inspiring way for me to share information and practice my art form.
I want to tell you what happens when you explore your emotions fully and let them take over.
You will write the most beautiful stories. Heartbreaking poems. Destructive personal essays. You will tear out the heart of your reader, but you will also hurt yourself.
I grew up with a lot of trauma. Writing about my past has been an empowering part of my healing process, but writing about certain aspects has re-traumatised me sometimes.
I’m so happy that I wrote the pieces that I did. They are powerful, they were helpful, and I know, because of them, that I am a good writer… but I won’t write these stories unless I have to.
I’ve been doing a secondary course in creative nonfiction as a part of my master’s degree. This has trudged up a lot of deep trauma that was honestly challenging to work through.
I’ve discarded many a memoir idea because of my past, longer-form doesn’t work for me, but often I can find relief through poems and short essays.
If you’re struggling to write longer-form content about your trauma, try some short stories or poems. They can be just as impactful without the toil of a longer piece. Essays or short memoir stories are also an excellent option.
I don’t want you to be afraid of exploring your past and digging deep into your emotional history, but I do want you to be aware of what you might find.
If I am writing about a difficult subject, I will let two or three of my family members and friends know. They are then on standby if I need someone to be with me.
Power comes from raw emotion. Your story could change the world, but it will also change you as you write it.
Feel your feelings fully.
Treat yourself with kindness.
Write about the truth.
Always protect yourself. If you are ready to write about something that matters to the people that read it you are going to have to dig deep into yourself.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.