Saturday, July 30, 2011

Confronting the Dark

I woke this morning with a bad dream. Bad enough to rise early, turn on my computer and write it down. Sometimes writing things helps you get over them.

Then I checked my e-mail and social media accounts. Right there on Twitter someone had posted a quote:

Confront the dark parts of yourself. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. ~ August Wilson

Wow, I thought. Is that a sign?

I've been struggling for some time - hashing out whether to write something in a different genre. I've always written light-hearted stories with children and animals that usually come out alright in the end. But could I write darker? Write from some scary experiences deep inside of me, some stories that might want to be told?

So I wrote a scene. One scene - in verse.

Sometimes being a writer means being open to what comes through you.
I might be on a bit of a different journey here - I think I'd best hang on for the ride . . .


Amy Lukavics said...

How scary and exciting!! Bravo!

Linda Benson said...

Thanks, Amy. I am writing, fast and furious, and THAT is a good thing!

Charmaine Clancy said...

How exciting to be starting something completely new!

Dreaming said...

I am hearing some mysterious music with a foreboding edge to it!

Linda Benson said...

Thanks, guys, and Dreaming, not THAT foreboding! But I am several thousand words into a new YA manuscript, with a bit older characters, situations and feelings than I usually write, and I'm loving it!