WRITING TIP: What are the words you do not yet have?

It’s tempting to let ourselves be dimly satisfied with the top layer of our minds — writing from what we are already conscious of and doing it artfully enough to get a little nice feedback. That might be just fine for a hobbyist or a breezy blog, but if you aspire to use writing to meet and grow your connection to soul, you have to do something more thrilling and dangerous than that. Rather than write what you already figured out, you need to lean into the discomfort of the unknown, murky and sometimes painful, where your growing edge can be found. To begin to access this, you might want to write on these questions from Audre Lorde:”What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”