Why write it? Why illuminate your innermost self and risk potential pain of ridicule or criticism? You ask yourself this, over and over, even as you name your secret places, confess your transgressions, light up your dark desires.
Perhaps you reveal your wild and strange garden because of that gnawing, burrowing inner gopher. You know the one—nibbling the tendrils of your memories and digging through your synapses in his blind foraging. You know the dark feeding will stop in the light of your pen.
At first you write to expose the bully, the crazy parent, the mean sister, the pain-giver. That may be your catalyst, but will revealing trespasses against you trap the hungry rodents like a hunting cat, pouncing on those unseeing beasts, dragging them from the dark and laying them at your feet?
In the end the revelation is you.
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3 responses to “Tell It Like It Was”
Love this post and LOVE the images! Makes me want to get back to my own memoir 🙂
Here I am “back home” in Canandaigua, NY but enjoying this contact with what was a favorite when I was still in California.
Lots of reasons to be glad I am receiving this — will check out the Judith Barrington reference. She was a major person in my literary life — seminar group in Oregon was wonderful.
This is a group I would have loved. I haven’t quite found a writers group around here that measures up. But for fun, I am sharing a short piece.
reply if you feel like it ð
On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:07 AM, Building a Better Story wrote:
> Ana Manwaring posted: ” Why write it? Why illuminate your innermost self > and risk potential pain of ridicule or criticism? You ask yourself this, > over and over, even as you name your secret places, confess your > transgressions, light up your dark desires. Perhaps you reveal y” >
Think I am hoping there is a way for me to be in touch somehow someway online. I so like everything on this page and remembering Ana.