By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor
There has never been anything more intimidating for me than a blank page and the feeling of having nothing to write about. It’s bloody terrifying, if you think about it. Trying to release a kraken inside your soul but it won’t claw its way out, at least not at the speed you need it to. To have your soul feel like it’s slowly being ripped to shreds internally but the beast won’t let itself out. It’s too warm and snuggly in the cage to let itself out just yet.
That’s often the best description when people ask why I love writing. Why I love the written word so much. And why it’s often crucial that I write it out before I talk about it. So I can understand fully what’s going on and somehow make sense of it. It’s kinda cool actually, to just let yourself loose onto the page. But that first word? It can often be so exhilaratingly terrifying. And the closest to a beneficial high I’ve experienced to date.
Recently, I’ve been discussing with other writers about a few personal pieces and how to make them more striking as well as more poignant and relatable for more than just me. It’s funny, though we all got into writing for different reasons the rationale as to why we stayed is almost always the same. It’s a release. It’s a way of functioning in this crazy world and realizing at some point that we’re really not alone, at least not as much as we feel.
So while there is nothing more terrifying than a blank page that needs words on it, I also know that there is nothing more terrible than keeping that kraken caged with no key or way out. While I’m sure you’ve heard so many writers beat it into your brain, writing is so often the #1 release for so many things. And every time, it feels like coming home.
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Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.