The Need Not to Be Found

I came across these words the other day, (checking out poet Diana Hendry’s site on the back of Monday’s post on the poetry prescription).

The psychologist D.W. Winnacott once wrote that in most writers there is a conflict between two needs, ‘the urgent desire to communicate and the still more urgent need not to be found.’

The words resonated.

It seems to capture so much of the tension, the inner tussle that so many writers experience, and is quite probably the source of the extraordinarily inventive ways we find to get in (and then out of!) our own way.

A reminder, including to my self, that it’s okay to unfold gently.

Go too far too fast and your inner writer will curl back up, not wanting to be found.