Courage is in short supply…
We write, and early one we may be afraid to write the words that scare us and chase us into a hole.
We lack the courage to confront the stories we’ve lived, the nightmares we’ve lived through and that confrontation comes when we’re at a latter stage of our writing development.
Instead, we may write stories of a wholly less personal, but relevant nature.
These stories confront the world, not our own nightmares.
Our nightmares, the ones we keep within our darkest thoughts, our darkest corners, they come out when we’re writing for ourselves
They’ll come when we least expect them too because we lack the courage to write them.
They’re too familiar, they’re unstable as possibly we once were and like a chemical reaction, we’re not ready for the world’s reaction to the personal stories we keep to ourselves.
Once we’re no longer afraid of the world and our courage comes through, we move to a higher place in our writing.
We advance to a plane that writers who don’t care about the world’s thoughts exist.
That is when freedom comes. That is when good writing happens.