I scanned through a pinterest site of writing quotes and got stopped by this one. I read it, moved on, but then went back to it. Somehow, it spoke to me. We are all familiar with Anne Frank's tragic story of living in a hidden attic room with her family during WWII. Her father was the only one of her family to survive and, thanks to him, we have all been privileged to read this young girl's writing.
Writing was her way of coping with the horrors of her time. Her quote made me think about those of us who write today. None of us is living the kind of horrific life Anne did, but we all do have our own battles we're fighting, worries, concerns and more.
When I am at my computer tapping on the keyboard, I feel cocooned. I forget whatever else might be on my mind. I guess I could say it's my 'safe' place. When I write, I'm in another world, one of my own making.
When I'm finished writing, I slip back into the real world and all it's cares come back, so I don't look at writing as a mini miracle--a way to get rid of whatever problem I might be dealing with. Not at all, but it does give me respite. I'm not handling major problems in my life but there are always concerns of some kind or other. When I'm writing, nothing else bothers me. I can even ignore the phone if it rings. That's why we have a message machine!
We talk often of our writing journey but we also live in our own writing world. Whenever and wherever you write, consider invisible walls put around you. I know what some of you are thinking--how about all those interruptions when kids need something or a spouse needs immediate attention? Yep, that happens but you have to decide the importance of each instance. Is it enough to shatter those walls and make you leave your writing place? For those of you, who are past child-rearing age and have a spouse that recognizes your working times, be grateful. I have one writer friend who solved her husband interrupting by closing the door to her office after taping a sign on the outside of the door that said Writer Working. Yes, he got the hint and no longer bothered her except for something of extreme importance.
I, for one, will be grateful for finding this quote from Anne Frank. One more way in which she influenced the world that came after her.