Writing should always reflect how you speak. Mine does. My 10th grade English teacher was tired of reading the mind-numbing papers I was handing in to him and he pulled me aside and said to me, “You have so many interesting ideas. I want you to write as if you were talking to me. I want you to get mad about things and be ecstatic about things. Yell about things that people need to hear. That’s how you should be writing.”
I hope you are reading my writing these days, G. I’ve got so much to say.
I’ve found writing to be cathartic for me, because I get to release these words through my finger tips. Once I write them, they are no longer inside of me, threatening me. If I scream out all of the thoughts that deter my focus from the rest of my day, they don’t get to control my brain anymore. So the words that you read are truthful, emotional, painful at times, raw and very, very real. They are the thoughts that are no longer aloud to resonate in my brain. They are the thoughts I need you to hear. The words you read are my diary and my therapy, all wrapped into one.
Find a comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone. Read my struggles and know that I am feeling your struggles on an emotional level. Know I am a 23-year-old who still feels the most beautiful in a tutu. Find what makes your heart overflow with joy. Bury yourself so deep in that joy that you don’t have time to think any negative thoughts.
You’re so right– I totally agree that writing should almost always be a little ‘unconventional’ or ‘wrong’ in the technical sense. Some of the best books I’ve read have broken many ‘rules’ about writing but because of that have allowed me to submerge myself into a different world and see things through the eyes of the author. Your teacher sounds very smart 🙂 And I think you are an incredible writer- I really enjoyed this and your other post
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