Don’t Be Afraid To Disappear

October 15, 2021 0 Comments


I didn’t watch the Emmys this year, but I was moved when I saw this acceptance speech from Michaela Coel, creator of I May Destroy You: 

“Write the tale that scares you. That makes you feel uncertain. That isn’t comfortable. I dare you. In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible — for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success — don’t be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence.”

Michaela Coel

Silence is a space for something to happen. And it is unpredictable! It takes courage to disconnect, not just to get over FOMO, but to get over the fear of what you might discover about yourself while writing. 

Don’t be afraid to disappear for a while