"To write, I decided, is to be insane. In ordinary life you look
sane, act sane-just as any mother of five children. But once you
start to write, you are moonstruck, out of your senses. As you
stare hard inward, following behind your eyes the images of
invisible places, of people, of events, and listening hard inward
to silent voices and unspoken conversations-as you are seeing a
story, hearing it, feeling it-your very skin becomes permeable,
not a boundary, and you enter the place of your writing and live
inside the people who live there. You think and say incredible
things. You even love other people-you don't love your children
and your husband at all. And here is the interesting thing to me,
when this happens, you often learn something, understand something
that can transcend the words on the paper."
*This is a quote that a friend found in a book. The book was about
writers during the early 1900s. I do not know who the author is.
If you know who the author is, I would happily give credit.
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Penny Wilson is an international writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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8 thoughts on “To Write is to Be Insane”
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I don’t particularly like this perspective on writing because it seems insensitive to those with mental health issues.
I meant no offense, Audrey. 😦
Oh, I know you didn’t, Penny. I’m just stating how I felt after reading this. We’re good.
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