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Thursday, June 01, 2006

A New Blog

One of the first things you're taught as a writer is to "write what you know". You read that phrase like it's a mantra. It's posted everywhere and is in just about any book you'll read on writing. For the most part, I think that's bullshit, because I think what you don't know you can learn about through research. If all the writers in the world restricted themselves to writing only what they knew from their own lives, our books and stories would be pretty damn boring.

However, I do think that works when it comes to emotion and getting emotion onto the page which is alot harder than it sounds. I mean, I can literally feel beads of perspiration threaten to pop out on my forehead when I'm writing some scenes. My pencils start to cry because I'm biting on them so hard. All because I want to get the wording just right for a particular phrase. Other times it sends me running from the computer to play an avoidance game for days, because the emotion that I have to write about is so strong, I don't want to feel it...I just don't want to feel that feeling again. I figure, some feelings, once is plenty, you know? But, inevitably, I have to come back, because the words won't leave me alone until I excorcise them onto the page, or screen as the case may be.

Today was one of those kinds of days, but I was able to use my intimate relationship with the world of pain to write this passage. It's incomplete and it's for a writing group I am a member of. I get a prompt from them each week and then write about that prompt. It's a romance group, so there are undercurrents of what could become a romance much later on if I were ever to turn this into a book. If you're interested in reading what it's like when you're a migraneur and the pain reaches to levels 9-10, and you can't find your rescue meds, well, you'll get an eyeful here. Keep in mind that this character I wrote about has nothing to do with me or anyone I know in real life. She's completely a figment of my imagination. And, whereas I suspect I'm not the only migraneur who's gone through this particular scenario, I would guess that we could all relate to the emotions this character, Lisa, goes through in the course of this passage. Here's the link, or you can click on the title: http://livluvwrite.blogspot.com/

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Hi. I just happened to come across your blog while searching the net for botanical migraine remedies. Reading your words was an eye opener. I guess I really have lived a sheltered life, even though I'm almost 20 years older than you. My migraines started a few years ago, when my system started shutting down (a/k/a the beginning of menopause) slowly but surely. I used to believe they were caused by neckstrain from my job of having to sit at a computer for many hours a day. But I finally identified these persistent little monsters as migraines. Mine are relatively mild (no aura), but I absolutely hate and resent them while they last, which is usually about three days, after which they slowly fade away. I have found some salvation in feverfew, butterbur, and Naproxen Sodium tablets. However, I am sure that you have gone that route with all these remedies and more, along with all the never-ending shots, tests and doctor visits.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I was totally engrossed with what you have written, even though, so far, I have only read what I found on one page. I knew on a kind of academic level that there are people living with chronic pain every day, but these words you have written from your soul suddenly forced me to stand in a true sufferer's shoes for a moment and feel a bit of what you've been enduring for so long. I also have an idea of how life-wearying it must be for you. Well, you have stated that you are not heroic, but you certainly are the bravest person whose words I have ever read! I truly admire you, whether you think you deserve to be or not; and I really do believe that some day, something WILL work for you and end these headaches!! The number of people suffering from migraines, occasional or constant, is way too enormous to be ignored by the scientific and medical research fields, and seems to be growing. But I know that a cure, not just for the symptoms, but for the cause itself, will happen some day for you.

Thanks for opening my eyes. You are an excellent writer, and one heck of a fighter.

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Anon,

Thank you so much for your kind words. You're not alone in getting your migraines during menopause. That happens alot actually. I am sorry that you have to deal with them, though. They're a real bitch, huh? :/

It was so sweet of you to leave a comment for me. Your words really touched me tonight. Thanks,

Jess

 
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