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Write Like You’re Giving Birth

Today’s re-blog is One Incredible Analogy that reveals a Critical Truth about writing…

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sandramillerBy Sandra A. Miller

“Write from your guts,” I told my creative nonfiction students on the last day of class. “Don’t ignore the pain. Don’t act like it isn’t there and try tiptoeing around it. You have to write your way through your own dark woods.”

I recalled the excruciating experience of back labor when giving birth to my son. His head was positioned against my lower spine as opposed to the normal, on-top-of-the-cervix way, so whenever a contraction came, instead of him pounding down to open said cervix, his head struck my spinal cord, igniting the nerve center in a ripple of unmitigated agony. After twelve hours of useless back labor, I accepted a drug. “Yes-fucking-please.”

Bam! Ka-Pow!

My cervix went into overdrive and, in one hellish, body-wracking hour, blew open to the requisite ten centimeters, which meant it was time to push the baby out.

But instead of…

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2 responses to “Write Like You’re Giving Birth

  1. Jane Watson July 30, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Powerful, amazing writing….essential advice for writers. This post is a must read for all writers. Write about what you most fear to write about, folks. Because inside that fear is hidden the gem of your own truth.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I completely agree, Jane!


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