Earlier this month, I got to speak to the Plot Sisters, a remarkable group of local writers who have been meeting every other week for nearly five years. Every writer should be so lucky to be part of such a supportive group! I was a little nervous, but mostly, I felt honored that anyone would want to hear me speak on writing. I don’t think I said anything too stupid (something of a rarity for me), and I walked away envious of their great relationships with one another. Writing is a lonely art. When you crawl out of that inky dark mine shaft, it’s good to see others who have been down there, too. You can recognize them right away.
Half a writer
“If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer,” Ray Bradbury says in his phenomenal collection of essays on creativity, Zen in the Art of Writing. “It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is — excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it’d be better for his health.”
Until next week, be feverish, fiendish, foolish, write like an idiot and leave the editing for another day,