Writing releases the tension I feel when I don’t create. Creation is my purpose.

You know that feeling that you get when you haven’t written in a while? It’s a little bit urge, a little bit desperation. You want to scream. You feel like,…you are a lobster trapped in a too-small shell, needing to burst out of your confinement. This feeling is so familiar to me, but I had never heard anyone else talk about it until March of 2020 when I was taking place in an online challenge with the Little Volcano group. As soon as it was mentioned, I felt so seen. I am often that lobster. 

Sometimes we step away from writing for a minute, because there is so much going on in our lives, and we forget to come back to it. We might think it’s been too long, or we don’t have anything to say, but suddenly the tension comes over us. The tension of not creating. If you, like me, feel that creation is a big part of your overarching purpose, then no wonder you feel so tense when you don’t create!

Writing asks one thing of you, and one thing only: that you show up & write. It doesn’t have to be a specific length of time or words, or be held to the highest standard. Sometimes writing is just a series of jotting ideas down as they come to you, until you can sit down and make sense of them. You are an artist and it’s time you started to treat yourself like one. Writing will release the tension you feel when you don’t create.

Published by thegratefulpoet

I am a writer and artist living in the Pacific Northwest. I love to talk about books, writing advice, cats, tea, tarot, yoga & activism.

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