“Rosanna, How are you even able to write and post? No matter how many pictures I see, I know I cannot fathom what you and your country are going through. I pray for you,” a fellow blogger, Nancy, commented after reading a blog post I wrote that was filled with pictures of the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan brought to the third biggest group of islands in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan, a super typhoon and one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, devastated the Visayas last November 8, 2014. I was at that time participating in NaBloPoMo as part of the Yeah Write group and even I was surprised when I was able to pull through the blogging challenge. I never missed a post. Not only that, I wrote more posts about Haiyan in another blog and in social media. I could not stop writing – it was as though the death of more than 7,000 of my countrymen and the uncertain fate of thousands of people left homeless and traumatized by Haiyan ignited a flame in me that I could only extinguish -and ever so slowly – by writing.
I write in my journal everyday, and more often during the day when I am sad or confused. Writing helps release the dense energies and clarifies the mind. I write through the pain because it is when darkness strikes that the most vulnerable aspects of my Self need to express themselves. Pain provides fuel for creativity.
Many writers write through their pain and it often spurs their creativity. Eric Praschan wrote through a physical disability: “In December 2009, I found myself experiencing bizarre, stroke-like symptoms: blurred vision, slurred speech, cognitive fuzziness, and complete loss of muscle control. During that time, I thought to myself, ‘I need to come up with some story ideas or else I’m going to have an internal meltdown!
“Over the course of the next few hours, I used my own terror, pain, and confusion to imagine a character experiencing the same traumatic issues. From that tiny kernel of an idea eventually sprouted the book Therapy for Ghosts (The James Women Trilogy Book 1), and my life would never be the same again.”
Nicholas Sparks also had his fair share of dark days. “There was a period of years we suffered several personal blows,” says Sparks. He wrote though those trying moments which resulted in bestselling books . Message in a Bottle was written after his mother Jill figured in a horseback-riding accident and died in 1989. A Walk to Remember was written after Spark’s sister Dana died at the age of 33 from a brain tumor.
When in pain, reach out for your pen and paper. You’ll feel better soon enough.
Keep on writing, all!