Writing means self-discovery; writer’s group important
Posted on August 13, 2014 | By HeadUser | 2 responses
Through writing my book, Cows in the Fog I discovered a lot about who I am. The journey led me back to my childhood, and I can now see better the events of my childhood that shaped who I have become. It has made me more sure of myself. Of course this book stresses more the positive side of my life, and I am glad. I grew up, basically, in two different places, a Vermont country town and a wealthy suburb. So, at times it was confusing, but now more than ever, I can see the reality of it all. I know who I am and who I’m not.
When people get serious about writing, we often envision book sales, reading events, getting attention for our intelligence. But I found is that the reality is that I am a story teller and entertainer. These are stories I have written in lonely places, but they are meant for others to hear. When I am standing there at a library or cafe reading, I am relating these stories of my life, my experiences and truths I have discovered. I am connecting with people.
Where this starts for me is in my writing group at the Mahopac Library. After I have written a story or poem, I share it with other people, who give me comments so that I can get the story out the best I can. But it’s not only to receive comments about the quality of the story, it’s for others to learn something about me. I enjoy when others read aloud not only for the entertainment value, but because I am getting to know them.
I imagine the process of writing can be very lonely for people who write alone and never have the benefit of a writers group to share their work and to hear other people’s reactions. Writing is multidimensional and other pairs of ears are needed to get an assessment of a piece’s effectiveness. Moreover, having the support of others involved in the same process of producing art is empowering.
This is what it’s really all about. However, I love when I sell a book, and hope to sell many more! And mine is available on Amazon.com