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door“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

I shared the above quote last week with some other uplifting and encouraging quotes for writers and wow, the feedback was so amazing. Some of you shared which one touched you, others remembered why you’re a writer and some of you shared it on your blog. I had a great day, so thanks to each one of you.

The above quote really stuck with me. I often think of what goes unsaid, what we might do or say if we felt confident enough to do it. To me, it’s not only about what the author whispers, but for each of us, what does our heart whisper? What would you write if you had the guts to do it?

I read some dark books. For instance, I love Chelsea Cain, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and Lisa Unger to name a few. But, I have often wondered especially with Chelsea and Dean where they go inside themselves to write what they do. I heard the other night on a TV show that in order to catch the criminal you have to think like a criminal. Good grief, does that make you one? I mean, we as writer’s can write some off the wall stories, but that doesn’t make us a murderer. I realized that there’s a place inside myself I’m a little afraid to go to pull out that story.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I could write a serial killer novel. I’d faint at the thought of blood for starters! Ewww, yea..not so much, but do we all have a place that we’re afraid to visit? What if we had the courage to do so? No concerns about what others would say, if it was dark or a children’s story, or maybe a phenomenal literary novel…or something horrid you survived. What if?

I often think that stories that are born from gut wrenching pain or a place we’re afraid to go could be the next best seller.

Until Next Time…

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