So today, let me do that. The first time was in a flea-bitten fire-trap in a neighborhood where even the rats carried switchblades.
Twenty amazing women took time to fill this space with grace and the gift of their words.
Her techno savvy and endless patience has kept me from throwing my computer out the window and giving up blogging altogether. She is an old soul when it comes to the blog world and a fount of knowledge! I process everything through the written word. Maybe it was the influence of Anne Shirley and Laura Ingalls Wilder in my early years of voracious reading.
Maybe it is the fact that I am a visual learner with a good bit of kinesthetic and must read and write anything I need to know and remember. But writing has been an intrinsic part of my personality for as long as I can remember. When my husband and I were teenagers, he began writing me letters the old-fashioned kind sent to my mailbox.
Soon, I began to view my days through the lens of how I would describe the happenings to him in a letter. I looked at everything through the filter of the written word. In my early days of motherhood, writing literally became my lifeline.
It was how I processed everything. The schedule or lack thereof. The frustration of how little I really knew about this thing called being a mom. Sharing the funny stories about my day with my children helped me to realize all I had to be thankful for, even in my sleep-deprived state.
Soon, that blank screen became symbolic of being still before the Lord, waiting for Him to speak to me. Whether it was in a Five-Minute Friday writing prompt that week or a simple childish illustration I began to share, He used what I typed to speak to me.
In my teens, that newsletter took a more serious and professional turn, becoming a magazine I edited and published. That magazine got a website in the same year we got the internetcreated on a free host by one of our readers.
I fell in love with all things web as I took over that website and started creating my own. That was back before there were comments, before I understood RSS feeds or how people found new posts. Little did I know how it would change my world. In those days, I treated my blog like I now treat Facebook or Twitter: But as I read longer form posts and explored other forms of private blogging anyone remember LiveJournal and Diary-X?
The world of blogging was constantly changing, but I was thrilled to be along for the ride.
When I was a teenager, I thought I had life pretty well figured out. And I wrote about it. Whether it was my firmly held beliefs about the way relationships should happen or my political stance that year, it found its way onto my blog.
I shudder now to re-read some of those old posts. It gets lonely up there on a soapbox, and not even the choir really wants to hear a sermon from one of its own members. While there is always a time and place on the internet and in life for firmly held convictions, I learned the hard way that controversy divides and pride polarizes.
All I ever wanted to be was a wife and a mom.
And being 12 years old when my younger siblings started coming along, I felt like I knew how to raise children. But no amount of babysitting or changing diapers for my siblings prepared me for the actual role and responsibility of motherhood.
Coming to the end of myself and having nothing to hold onto except for my Savior brought me to a point of a lot more honesty and humility in my writing. How has this season of life changed your writing habits? I think with fondness of those long stretches of quiet in both the morning and the afternoon.
I remember when I wrote most of my posts while juggling a nursing baby. Those days are long gone.
My children are 7, 5, and 3, with another little one kicking in my belly as I type this.John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works.
In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing.
In On Writers & Writing, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force/5(74).
On Motherhood, Finding the Right Partner, and Ignoring Your Family’s Advice Talking with Diana Abu-Jaber, author of ‘Life Without a Recipe’ An interview by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Writer. A timely, thoughtful book and one not to miss. + The Art of Fiction by John Gardner recommended by BenOnce upon a time, in a land far, far away, a friend told me that anyone who is serious about writing needs to read John Gardner's The Art of Fiction.
On Motherhood, Finding the Right Partner, and Ignoring Your Family’s Advice Talking with Diana Abu-Jaber, author of ‘Life Without a Recipe’ An interview by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Writer.
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