5 thoughts on “Start Your Writing (Would it help if your pen made a revving noise?)

  1. Miriam

    What a wonderful article! No, not wonderful; that doesn’t describe it. Inspiring? But I should be using verbs. The article inspires me to improve my writing. So much to think about. The video, too, but I saw that before.

  2. Gosh, what does it say that the article filled me with anxiety? It shot me straight back to college where I majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. My Annie Dillard was the far less famous Deborah Tall, and actually, was my major advisor. I knew I wanted to do this by first term freshman year, when I realized psychology was not as fun to study as I’d imagined it to be.

    I think this essay is too close to my life and makes me wonder why I haven’t published yet, why I kept getting sidetracked.

    But I am getting revved up in my novel, and I think one of the things I’ve gained in the 17 years since graduating is I’ve let go of my ego. The ego that said I had to be an Annie Dillard or a Toni Morrison. Now I just want to write a good story, a fun story, a well written story with compelling characters. I don’t need to win a nobel prize in literature.

    And I’ve certainly also realized that the biggest obstacle to being a writer is ther writer herself.

    Now I need to go watch the video.

    1. now I’ve watched the video and that too has inspired. Giving people a voice, that’s the point. Helping their stories be told. This is part of why I became a teacher. This is one of the reasons why the internet is great, because now anyone with access has a chance to be heard.

    2. The article filled me with several emotions–plenty of them negative. And I can’t explain why. But it also inspired me.

      So now I’m anxious, conflicted, and inspired among other things…

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