We love it when the inspiration strikes and we’re in the flow. The thing is we hate all the crap that gets in the way. The work, the stuckness, the setbacks, the pain, and even trauma. Why can’t writing be easy all the time?
The thing is (and I’m sure you’ve heard this before) the ugly stuff is the grain of sand in the center of a pearl. The real insight and depth of your writing comes by taking the tough stuff ugly and giving it space, time, learning to become beautiful. While we’re in it, it’s painful, but when we witness it we see the significance. Without the grain of sand to irritate the nacre of the oyster, the pearl has nothing to cling to.
That’s why, Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning absolutely changed my life and became the center of my philosophy about writing. If Frankl can find meaning in the Holocaust, than obviously, I can do it with my own struggles. I can turn it into art.Read More