Writing is Cathartic

Releasing words on paper is liberating. Writing is cathartic. Something is purifying and intense about letting the screams inside your heart escape your head. Relief washes over you with each letter pounded out from the plastic keys of your laptop. You are not creating as much as you are freeing you that has been created.

Sentences bleed from your fingertips like fire breathing dragons finding their prey. Your hands fly across the keyboard, jotting down thoughts swirling in your mind. You try to stop, but cannot. Your survival instincts kick in. You do what you need today.

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Life halts for no one. One existence begins as others end. The clock keeps on ticking. The moment you have is brief. It’s your dime. Be intentional how you spend it.

Guarded and isolated is no way to live. Open up. Let people in. It is hard, but the payoff is grand. Keep on fighting the good fight brother. Put one foot in front of the other. It will be time well spent.

There is life beyond the here and now, even if you cannot see it from where you are standing in this moment. Walk out of the darkness and find the light. Keep moving. It works if you work it. Keep fighting. Don’t let life beat you down.

Recognizing there is a problem is the beginning of a new adventure. Give it all you got until you got nothing left to give. Life is a journey, not your final destination. Don’t lug extra baggage. Let be what you need to let go.

Lay your burdens down my brother. Carry on my wayward friend. God’s got this sister. Seek, and you shall find it. Writing is cathartic. Release and let the words flow.

Notably Texan

Today, I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of being a guest on Notably Texan, a radio program featuring Texas musicians, songwriters, and other artists. The show, hosted by the ever-gracious,Texas music aficionado Matt Meinke, can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight on KETR 88.9.

Through Notably Texan,  Matt Meinke delivers a true treasure chest of Texas sound. He covers the wide eclectic gamut of Texas music (no it’s not all country—not that there’s anything wrong with that). Texas music consists of a smorgasbord of sound which Matt serves up daily to his lucky, loyal listeners. Each day you can hear genuine Texas artists like Brad Davis, Shakey Graves, Lou Ann Petty, the Marques Robinson Project, Cole Risner, Spyche, Brave Combo, the Done Deals, Dove Hunter, Ryan Bingham, Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and of course, Willie Nelson. If you get a chance, flip on over to 88.9 on the dial or live stream the show via ketr.org. You’ll find it to be time truly well spent!

On the air, it was great reuniting with my long-time friend, playwright Jim Tyler Anderson to promote his upcoming visit to the Writers’ Guild of Texas this coming July, as well as get a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the Texas A&M Commerce University Playhouse.

Jim Tyler Anderson is another true Texas treasure. In addition to being a notable playwright, Jim is the Region VI Chair for New Plays and Playwriting for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He also teaches playwriting and other Theatre courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

His regionally produced plays include Idol Hill, One Soldier Wounded, Motherland, Dump Monkeys and Ruby Rose Rides Again. His one-act, Sanitary Landfill, was a co-winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and his full-length play, Written in Dust was a KCACTF regional selection.

Jim and I first met in the mid-80s during an East Texas State University production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical Patience. While at ETSU, we both had the pleasure of studying playwriting under the great Dr. Tony Buckley, a man with a sharp mind and superbly delicious dry wit. ETSU later became Texas A&M University-Commerce in the early 1990s.

Stepping back on a campus I once called home, I was reminded that Texas is rich in culture and steeped full of great storytellers, be they troubadours or wordsmiths. It was defintely at treat to be back at KETR, a station where I worked as a weekend warrior and regular fill-in for some many years. Getting to spend time with good people like Matt and Jim made it all the more worthwhile.

If you’re interested, you can listen to the interview online here.

Our mission at the Writers’ Guild of Texas is to encourage, educate, and empower Texas writers of all genres along every stage of their writing journey. At our July 20th Writers’ Guild monthly meeting, Jim Tyler Anderson will discuss “Adapting Your Narrative for Stage and Screen”. The Writers’ Guild of Texas meets in the Basement at the Richardson Public Library, on the 3rd Monday of every month (except in January when we meet on the 4th Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday).  Our meetings start at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome!