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This WRITER’S CIRCLE: Tortured writers?

Exactly what is it about a difficult time that makes us want to write?

This German-made typewriter sits in the Iglesias Mayor of San Juan Bautista in the town of Remedios, Cuba.  Photo credit: Saada Branker
This German-made Optima typewriter sits in the Iglesias Mayor of San Juan Bautista in the town of Remedios, Cuba.
Photo credit: Saada Branker

“I’m going out on the road to find out what it’s like to be poor and needy and then I’m going to make a picture about it.”

– John L. Sullivan in Preston Sturges’s film Sullivan’s Travels [1941]

Years ago, my friend told me she stopped journaling. We were in our twenties then. Everything tortured us, although we acted like nothing did. “I was only writing when things weren’t going well,” she explained. Lost love, lost opportunity, lost anticipation. She said she suddenly realized anyone reading her diary would mistake her life to be a sad one, something far from the truth. She had loved happily—people and moments and herself. “When everything was wonderful, who had time to write?”

Maybe being confident and daring is nothing compared to the loss we can share with others. Especially when we throw it into a space, either cyber or head, fact or fiction. After a while, writing about struggle and loss for so long with so many other losers gives way to a certain flair in style.  We share with a unique flourish,  so it’s nice (Ok, therapeutic. Duly noted.) to put pixels to the page and explore with one another what develops.

That Picture: The typewriter. Indeed a universal symbol representing “The writer.” Slip in a blank page, one that stares back at you, and now what do you have?

Photo credit: Saada Branker

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Author:

Saada Branker is a freelance features writer and copy editor putting words to work. Her home-based business, Saada STYLO, offers organizations and businesses different writing and editing services. A Ryerson University journalism graduate, Saada specializes in delivering clean copy and is guided by her recorder, dictionary, and bank of ideas. She seeks other nomads of different cultures, shoe sizes, opinions, and experiences to keep her focused as a features writer, forever documenting for posterity.

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