WRITING TIP: Crisis is a doorway for the real self

freewritingTo access a part of yourself usually obscured by habit and socialization, treasure those moments when things crack and emotions run deep. Get pen in hand as raw feeling roars, or soon after it peaks. As famed diarist Anais Nin writes: “It is in the movements of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately…. The heightened movements … are the moments of revelation. It is the moment when the real self rises to the surface, shatters its false roles, erupts and assumes reality and identity.”