I WRITE TO GIVE MYSELF STRENGTH.
I WRITE TO BE THE CHARACTERS THAT I AM NOT.
I WRITE TO EXPLORE ALL THE THINGS I'M AFRAID OF.
More than one reader has told me they love the voice of the antagonist in my work-in-progress. She's nasty and evil with a detached air that is chilling.
More than one reader thinks my protagonist needs more oomph, more guts.
I find this telling (and, honestly, a little scary.)
The darkness surges up and out and spills onto the page so easily while hope and courage limp through my lines like a dehydrated, exhausted marathoner. But I know if I dig deep, my protagonist will too, and she will fight her way into being. It's similar to the way my own positivity and gratitude fight their way through the murk and muck of my mind.
So, this week, let's write - draw, dance, cook, whatever it is you are called to do - to become, to explore, to realize, to challenge, to grow. Be more you than you thought possible.