““There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou.
I am a woman of a million stories, each of them bearing down on me and trying to latch onto my imagination. I love this about myself; I have never truly known writer’s block and there’s always something I can be working on. The problem tends to be that I want to work on all of them at once, which is pretty much impossible, and that agony that Maya Angelou speaks of in this quote is one very near and dear to me. When I’m unable to write for a period of time for whatever reason, I start to feel it. That’s when I know that writing is truly my calling in life.
There’s a bit of irony in the quote for me, too. While I virtually burst at the seams to tell the stories in my books, I’m a relatively private person in the story of my personal life. I’ll be open if anyone asks, but there’s really not a lot of agony in keeping my own story inside. Some. I’ll admit to some, because sometimes it does weigh on your shoulders and you wish you had someone to share your experiences with, but it’s the stories that I create that I’m the most eager to tell.
What about you, fellow readers? When there’s a story in your head, do you ache to tell it? My worst pains seem to come when I’m too busy, when I have so many obligations I have to keep up, but all I want to do is sit and write, write, write! Do you experience that as well? What’s your greatest creative agony?