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This month's question: What is my favorite aspect of being a writer?
A long time ago, I read something about musicians feeling a kind of “high” after a performance. Since I sang for many years, it makes sense to me. Maybe it’s blood pressure, maybe endorphins, but after a good concert, I glowed inside.
Writing delivers a similar reward. When the words spill out, something elemental stirs and I’m engaged and engrossed. Of course, words don’t always flow, but even one good sentence helps, and when the job at hand is editing, I get sucked in while pondering the exact turn of phrase, the nuance of detail. If I'm interrupted by, say, the alarm I set each morning so I leave the computer in time for work, or a phone, or maybe my family, I blink a few times as I return from where I mentally was. It’s always difficult to depart that place, but warm coals of accomplishment burn for having traveled there.
Sometimes, I go a day or two without a focused period of writing. Invariably, on the third or fourth day, I wake up with a craving, the need to sit down in front of the computer and spill it. For me, the act of writing is medicinal. It makes me whole again. Without it, the puzzle of me remains incomplete.