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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Pain and Glory of Writing

“Remember we’re all in this alone.”—Lily Tomlin

Many say writing is a lonely business. I never feel alone when I’m with my friends—my books, research and computer.

Author Paul Tillich said, “Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of man’s being alone. It has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”

To nourish my writing soul, solitude is where I live and write all alone. It provides a place to:

* allow pain to emerge from deep within myself
* find peace and insight
* listen to the whisperings of my soul
* write what people think but are afraid to say
* express thoughts buried in the reader’s soul.

Writing that inspires others expresses every man’s unspoken words. The wonder and glory is—writing honestly heals the writer and comforts others.

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