TMM: Write to write

“Write to write. Write because you need to write. Write to settle the rage within you. Write with an internal purpose. Write about something or someone that means so much to you, that you don’t care what others think.”Nick Miller

There are a million different reasons to write something. The narcissistic belief that what you have to say is important to others, the selfless ideal of helping save this world through art and beauty…

Fame. Money. Love.

Heartbreak. Depression. Solitude.

All of them are important reasons.

But there’s something about writing just to write, writing to get the words out of your head…

Writing because that’s what you do. Writing because you won’t have it any other way.

If you feel strongly about something, then you can write about it.

All you have to do is silence all the other voices that keep telling you stuff like people won’t like it (who cares?) or it won’t sell(again, who cares?) or it’s been done before(everything’s been done before, or so it seems until something new comes along).

Just write. Type those damn words. There will come a day when you’ll be thankful for that.


One thought on “TMM: Write to write

  1. For years I told the stories of what I’d been through to people, not realizing that I was doing not to tell the story, or to brag (after all, I’ve done things most people can only watch on TV), but to heal. When I started writing The Lawman, I knew some of the stories would end up in it. What I hadn’t expected to run into was healing.
    For instance, I took one incident that had haunted me for years. A car had made a U-turn, right in front of a semi. The car didn’t get hit by the truck so much as ran over. Two people died as a result. I was the first cop on Scene, a huge crowd gathered round, and the only person who would help me was a guy who had been an inmate in my jail the week before.
    To say we were both a mess afterwards would be an understatement.
    But in the book, I have my central character (Will Diaz) and his Pastor talking about it, and that’s when I realized in the course of writing it that the event changed both me and the guy who was the inmate. It made me more than a mere deputy from the public’s perception and they came to know me as someone that could be trusted and would take on incredible odds on their behalf. I guess it would be safe to say that was the night I became a man.
    The inmate also had his life turned around. He stopped messing up, went to school and got a degree, became a successful businessman, and has been both a city councilman and a county commissioner.
    So at least part of my writing is examining trauma, and understanding how it transformed my characters, and me through the process.

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