There’s a Dark Something in There

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert

This little quote popped up on a WordPress notification this morning. I read it and loved it.

I never looked at writing that way. Writing opens me up to myself; writing is self-discovery.

Normally, I would whole-heartedly embrace that concept, except sometimes I write really creepy, dark things. If I believe writing is self-discovery,  I have to examine the dark component. I always thought the writing of those dark stories was me cleaning the bugs out of my basement. Maybe I want to leave that side of myself undiscovered. It can percolate in the dark, wafting fumes (my dark stories) from its lair every once in a while.

6 responses »

  1. Little bits of those dark places make for great stories though. It’s the problem of the introverted writer though. Hide or show?

      • That’s the truth. We are funny like that. Perhaps that’s part of the reason I fear putting anything out there. We are philosophical today. 🙂

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