An AWAD subscriber wrote in:
The late Joan Didion wrote, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
I have found this to be true throughout my life. I first discovered the real alchemy of writing one day at the age of 12 when my tears were not enough to soothe my pain and so I picked up a pen and wrote a poem. Since then I have been a graphomaniac and writing for me is like breathing. There have only been a couple of days in the last 40 years when I have not at least written in my journal and on those days I felt unmoored, unbalanced, and chaotic within. Writing is the anchor that helps me sustain my sanity in a very insane world and a place of soul communion. I am in love with the act of it and I thank God every day that I am simply capable of writing anything at all.