There is No Escape

I WONDER how many writers were initially inspired by loneliness. That’s not to say all writers are necessarily lonely, but perhaps many of us were in our inception as word-churners?

The origins of my motivation to write are easy to pinpoint. Loneliness was and is key. I have certain characters in my head that I’ll always know more intimately than any real human. These characters have been around a long, long time. Humans? Humans tend to come and go.

I don’t blame the humans. I’m not an easy person to tolerate by any stretch of the imagination. Annoyingly cheerful one minute, casting a dark cloud over the day the next. I’m reactionary–sometimes for the better, often for the worse. I’m sometimes seen as over-confident, but in the same minute someone else will talk to me like I’m a child. I can be brash, I can be crass, and sometimes I can just be an ass.

But these characters can’t leave me, for my brain is a prison, and there is no escape.

With love,


3 thoughts on “There is No Escape

  1. Thanks for sharing. Loneliness was big for me. But, I think the biggest factor is Dying. I know that I am going to die and I am terrified that when I am gone I will be forgotten. I want my children and the world to know I was here. I don’t want to spend my life alone, because then I would be forgotten in the eternity of the Universe. I write to immortalize myself. I want to become a great writer so that I do not immortalize myself as a moron. Haha. Thanks again for sharing and your contributions to the community as a whole.

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  2. I now feel badly for not treating all the characters in my head more kindly.

    Yes, I’m certain what initially my love of the written word is loneliness. My caretakers didn’t want to hold me when I was an infant, but they put books in my crib. Forming friendships and suddenly losing those friends is hard, but books stay nearby, ready to share.

    Writing is a way of giving back and forcing new connections.


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