Reason #11 Why Folks Don’t Write

There are lots of reasons folks don’t write. Lack of talent isn’t one of them.

Reason #11: Folks don’t write because it takes control away.

Men will either be distracted or feel left out of this analogy but it’s a pretty good one. Writing is like breast feeding. At first it feels odd and makes you feel like something is required you don’t know how to do. Milk comes in but it isn’t a dramatic event. The baby and yourself kind of flub it up and fiddle around to get the feeding going. At first, you don’t know if it’s working. Is baby getting enough? Is baby getting anything? Will you have enough? How will you know if you have enough?

Then, after a few rounds, you realize that the act of nursing causes milk to come. More feeding causes more milk. Here’s the unusual part: You then need to nurse the baby, not just because you wish to nourish, but you need to nurse to relieve the fullness that gets pretty heavy and extremely distracting. BUT, the more you nurse, the more milk.

I can’t think of anything else that is like this except writing.

The best way I know to handle this grow-flow of thoughts and ideas is to let some of it out. Pick just one thing and jot it down. If you can’t identify a specific, use a form. Let the form remind you there is a way to control all this even if you don’t feel that way. Write a list. Write a dialogue. Write a letter.

About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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