WRITING TIP: Access sacred daring

freewritingTo write what matters to us most, we have to be willing to go to dangerous places in ourselves and say dangerous things. It’s far easier to write only around the edges of what matters, avoiding the dark center of our caring where there are unmet, unwanted feelings — rage or grief or forbidden attractions — that are sure to shake up our sense of who we are and reveal the unstable ground we stand on. It takes trememdous courage to tell our deepest truth, first to ourselves, then to the world. No one can do it without deep respect for their own frailty and a fundamental trust in life.