“I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.” Henry Louis Mencken
When I don’t get to write for a few days, I get mean. While I never thought of it as the same feeling as a cow who needs to be milked, it really is like that. Words well up in me, words that are meant to be expelled for the sake of others. If I don’t get them out, I feel swollen and out of kilter.
I’m designed to be milked of my words. It’s unhealthy for me and everyone around me when that doesn’t happen.
But when sweet release finally comes it’s such a satisfying feeling. Contentment washes over me and I can enjoy life again. I’m even nice.
This is the flow of life for writers: Intake then output. Intake then output. Intake then output.
Keeping that flow going makes us merry mooers.
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