free the pen, a blog for writers

October 17, 2012

The Silent Voice

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 4:07 pm

How many times do we find ourselves lost in thought playing out both the antagonist and protagonist positions? Our minds are often the battlegrounds for sorting out a dilemma, an imagined conversation, a difficult decision. Then when we realize we are driving ourselves crazy we get busy doing something to distract ourselves from the chatter inside our heads.

The silent voice that sets this pattern ablaze rarely gets to escape. We tuck it away, sometimes in embarrassment, sometimes in desperation simply to shut it up. But what if you let it out with pen and paper? What if you gave each side of the issue its own voice and let it become statements on a page? Would you solve your problem or decision? Would you wind up writing a short story, book, or piece of flash fiction?

Guess you won’t know until you do it. That’s what writing holds: surprises. Go find your pen, dust it off, and find what delicious surprises await.

Until next time,

keep the pen moving,



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