The never-ending exorcism …

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself … It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless.   An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”
-Harper Lee

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  1. bronxboy55
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:15:33

    This seems to be one of the persistent secrets about writing, Judy. Many people think it’s all about connecting with others, communicating thoughts, and explaining something. Some of it is. But initially, at least, it’s a learning process. Most of the time, I write not to tell others what I think and feel, but rather to find out myself.

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    • Judy Smith
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 09:52:55

      I think we unconsciously lie to ourselves … that we’re writing because others need to hear what we have to say. It’s a vital comeuppance to finally realize that WE need to hear those things, in a way that confronts us and won’t let us off the hook. It’s a little scary, but powerfully liberating … as you well know.

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  2. Miss Snarky Pants
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 21:47:08

    I was wondering why you weren’t showing up in my Reader. Somehow, I unfollowed you. No idea how that happened. Bee-zarre! Anyway, glad to be reading your blog again, my friend. Harper Lee is a fave!

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