Tell me more, tell me all you can…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. I’ve been published a few times in small publications, newsletters etc. I’ve written for well the last 10 years that I can remember and probably longer if I were able to tap into my subconscious.

I’ve been unemployed for a few months now and thought this to be a great opportunity to write for me. Writing for me as a cathartic experience and one I thoroughly enjoy, however I don’t feel I can juggle this hobby and work. I’d rather turn this hobby into a career but lacked confidence in my ability as a writer.

My friend, mentor, and several times over published author and I met for lunch one day and she handed me a book. This book, today is changed how I view myself, and myself as a writer, and my writing as an entity to its own. The book: if you want to write: a book about art independence and spirit by Brenda Ueland helps lead the writer away from their inner critic and back to the childhood imaginative creative process which we all lose somewhere around adolescence if not before by someone whom we’ve established to be an authority figure in terms of writing: be it a teacher, friend, parent mentor etc. someone who inadvertently tells you you’re writing is not good enough.

The title of this post is a quote from page 8 of the book it resonated with me because all too often we stomp out that creative flame by thinking too much about the word and less about the resonance of the words meanings. The whole point of writing in my opinion is to “paint a picture with words.” This was lost within myself and despite this friend giving me the book and knowing that she’s been published I lacked confidence, for the winter I did write some good and yes I know some mediocre stuff for my blog, now, on the very day that I write this post. I, picked up this book read the first chapter and you all will be happy to note: that that flame is slowly returning I do believe. I am starting to understand that it may be possible to make a career of the written word as my friend so eloquently has done a few times over.

I want to use this blog as a launching pad for me as a writer? Doable? I don’t know. But PROBABLY!

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to Tell me more, tell me all you can…

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    We need to get away from our inner critics/editors.

    I know mine has a field day with me after a real writing session!

    I remember ‘losing’ the creative process around 18 or 19. It took me time in my early 20s to find it again. I also use other forms to help me, like art and music.

    I don’t know if I’ve had an authority figure as such. I pick up things from osmosis and/or my own standards.

    Some other good books about writing include Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, and The Writing Book by Kate Grenville.

    And Betty of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain talks about the process being lost even earlier with drawing: say at the age of 9 or 10.

    Here, your analogy of “painting with words” is very apt.

    I like analogies of construction and destruction. And – yes – DECONSTRUCTION!

  2. That’s great! I love the idea of painting a picture with words. Rock on!

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