“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
— John Milton, Paradise Lost
While this blog is primarily about writing as a path to truth and healing, the discussion here can definitely apply to any creative endeavor. In using the term “shadow,” I mean not just negative or difficult experiences (the external shadow) but also the fallout that can come from such circumstances (the internal shadow): fear, anger, despair, depression, addictions, etc., to name just a few. I wrote my way out of a difficult childhood and other challenges in life, and am still learning to make peace with these shadow experiences through writing. There is also the dynamic of learning to harness the creative power and energy within these shadow experiences to not only fuel my art, but gain a greater understanding of myself, and perhaps the human condition itself. Ultimately however, this blog is not just about my story, but the stories of other writers and artists—both past and present—who have done the same through their own writing or chosen art form. It is also my hope that this blog will be inspiring to other writers and artists in traversing their own shadow, and perhaps some of them may share their own stories here as well.
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