…To write is to confront one’s demons, look them in the face and live to write about them. Fear acts like a magnet; it draws the demons out of the closet and into the ink in our pens.
The tiger riding our backs (writing) never lets us alone. Why aren’t you riding, writing, writing? It asks constantly till we begin to feel we’re vampires sucking the blood out of too fresh an experience; that we are sucking life’s blood to feed the pen. Writing is the most daring thing I’ve ever done and the most dangerous. Nellie Wong calls writing ‘the three-eyed demon shrieking the truth.’

Gloria Anzaldúa

“Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers,” from This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 2nd ed. (Latham, NY: Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press, 1983), p. 171.

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