You’re Not Mad?

Posted by Anthony North on January 20, 2011

This is a difficult one. You’ve lived life for some time and you’ve decided you know enough to write down your thoughts and become a writer. And what does your family say: ‘What? You must be mad.’ And guess what. You are.
Writing, you see, is a form of therapy; a way to extinguish your demons; to decimate fictional lives in order to make you feel good. Writing is egoistic, the writer the creator of his own worlds to be transformed or destroyed.
The writer will soon become a bit of a loner, skulking into that private piece of the house where others go at their peril. In the little hideaway, mind creations flow, and words refuse to express and you curse, and it sounds like you’re talking to yourself.
Communicating with the family will become tiresome. They think you’re just sat in the chair doing nothing, so they want to talk. But … you’re thinking! You’re plotting the next tale. You’ve descended to lonerdom, but you have a real world to live in.
How do you tell your family you’re not mad? How do you convince them that you are the same person you were before you began to write? How do you explain in words what you so easily put on paper? You can’t. Because you are.

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  1. tom alex said on July 24, 2011

    I’ve read your ‘Tips on Writing” and I’d like to rap. “Wait a minute. I can’t find my crack pipe.” Just kidding. I’ve put to heart all that you’ve said and I’m a better person. Thank you. Tom

  2. Anthony North said on July 25, 2011

    Hi Tom, many thanks for all your comments. I enjoyed them. Hope the site was useful to you.

  3. carol said on February 24, 2012

    This can be an ‘insane world’ ~ you are enlightened ~ Now who is crazy? I know I can be crazy and that is okay as long as I am aware ~ namaste, carol ^_^

  4. Anthony North said on February 24, 2012

    Hi Carol, yes, being aware of being crazy makes it less so 🙂

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