Writing Dangerously

A few days ago I wrote a post in which I talked about writing dangerously.

Many consider writing a passive act. It’s just pen, paper and thoughts. So to “write dangerously?” What does that mean?

To me, writing dangerously is to slough off those fluffy surface thoughts. You know, those thoughts that come up that echo what you think everyone else is thinking. The ones that you word carefully so there is no chance of a conflict from your reader. It’s the words that take the place of the ones you delete, because you worried what somebody would think of your original words. It’s why you chose to write a funny post instead of that one about something you saw in the news that lit you up.

Writing dangerously is:

Writing what charges you. Writing what fuels your passion. Writing about what angers you. Writing about what keeps you up at night fuming. Writing about what scares you. Writing about the emotional monsters that plague you. Writing about what reduces you to tears. Writing about what pushes you to want to make a difference. Writing about what changes you. Writing about what challenges you. Writing about what makes you want to fight. Writing about what makes you different. Writing about something ugly. Writing about something unacceptable. Writing that pushes the limits. Writing about what breaks boundaries. Writing about what breaks hearts. Writing that makes you want to throw up. Writing like no one is reading. Writing as though you don’t care if anyone reads it.

You are writing dangerously when you are writing YOU.

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13 replies

  1. I love this! I need to get back to writing dangerously. I forget sometimes that I do have a blog, MY blog, where I can voice MY opinions about things. When I do write I feel a lot better in my everyday life. Allowing myself to express my thoughts and opinions about any and every thing. Thank you, Alycia, for that reminder. 🙂

  2. Oh, so glad I found you, and this post, and just … yeah. You’re awesome. Found you via C.A. Kobu on twitter. I’m inspired now, to write dangerously every day. Thank you, and blessings.

  3. I love this. And I started today, by posting about my roots at Erin’s site! Thanks for the extra nudge!

  4. This is what I want to do. You put it into words.
    But for me, definining it and doing it are separate and I feel scared already.

    Maybe you need to give me some prompts, woman!
    I shared this. It’s so perfect. The last line especially, and the paragraph preceding it. The part about throwing up. And not caring if anyone reads it.

    Le sigh.

  5. Its hard to not care if anyone reads it. Its hard to put it out there. I stopped and I need to start doing it again. Its why I had a following in the first place. Thank you for the reminder.

  6. Oh, thank you for this post! THIS is what I want to be able to do…

  7. Yikes! I think I’m scared! Willing … but scared!

  8. Yes, this. Exactly this. *This* is the kind of writing that keeps me up at night.

    (Go you! This? Is fabulous!)

  9. It’s been a while, but I found my way back to your blog…and now to your new blog! LOVE this post. It’s so exciting (and terrifying) to write dangerously and be real. Regardless of how we think it MIGHT make someone feel. Kudos to you. Looking forward to catching up! 🙂

  10. Absolutely true. And I’m still SO afraid to do it! What’s got me holding back?

  11. My previous post did not have the correct website address. I don’t have it memorized. Sorry for the inconvenience.


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