37 things you might find as you write your way to the finding of your writing voice:
Comfort in your own skin
Dull, cliched, weighted sentences
Orchestras of music playing in your words
Confusion. The collapse of all understanding
Recognition, from others. Recognition, from yourself
Unrecognisable patterns, fragments of meaning
The desire to share
The need to hide
An audience, supporters, your tribe
The understanding that you need to write beyond them, ignoring them, for you and only you
The ache to grow
The wish to shrink
The love of writing practice
The request to put down the pen, please
The possibilities of language
The need to express beyond words
The onslaughts of the most vicious inner critic
The learning how to write, anyway
The need for poetry
The return to prose
A clear path ahead
The walls of the maze
The longing for significance, to do great work
The song of your words, quiet, ordinary, everyday
The desire to write, more, harder, hungrier, where you are.
The realisation that you need a bigger container. Or different containers. Or a new medium. Or two.
Your voice. Your self. Your voice.
Inspired by the launch of Patti Digh’s site: 37 Days, and all she teaches there.