WRITING TIP: Tempted to publish that angry diatribe?

WRITING TIP: Be sure your writing frees us up...

It’s vital to give yourself all the space you need to write whatever you need to write, including your anger and your judgments. But when it comes to revising your work and sharing it with others, whether on social media or in a book, you might want to pay attention to the effect your writing will have. Does it encourage you or your reader to stay complacent, angry or stuck? Is it adding to the fear or despair in the world? “What writers do should free us up, shake us up,“ wrote Susan Sontag. ”Open avenues of compassion and new interests. Remind us that we might, just might, aspire to become different, and better, than we are. Remind us that we can change.”