Writing the big moments.

Someone once said – probably correctly – that we should write from experience. Someone else said, ‘We create from the damage.’ Well, this is not a warning, more a ‘watch out’. Sometimes we can write that close to ourselves and suddenly find we’ve put language to things that have until that moment only existed for us at the level of unconscious feeling. Up it comes. It’s a big moment: bringing these things to life in a way that has them staring – and shouting – back at us from the screen; sometimes just too many voices all at once. Harnessing the power of that is when the writing takes off and it’s like taking dictation, your fingers frantically trying to keep up with what’s coming at you. Scary though.

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