On Writing: The road toward becoming a published writer has so many steps above and beyond writing that it’s sometimes easy to get distracted or even overwhelmed with all of the non-writing parts of the journey. Conferencing, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging…and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong. I believe those steps and connections are important, mainly because writing is such a solitary endeavor and reaching out helps a writer feel less isolated. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to meet other people who listen to the voices in their head too. It’s wonderful to support other writing friends with a RT, a review, a “Like” or link on your blog. Some days though, the actual writing feels distant, like I veered off the path and ventured off on a small scenic road. When that happens, my writing world feels off. There is a need to re-center. To remember why I started this journey to begin with. Because I have stories to tell…we all do, yes? In our own unique perspective and voice.
Writer Meg Rosoff, author of HOW I LIVE NOW, has a wonderful post about this at Writer Unboxed. In her post Meg says, “The purpose of art is to inspire, to shock, to provoke, to connect, to satisfy yourself first and foremost – and you should never be satisfied.” I love this! Her post, “The Point of Writing”, is an inspiring reminder of why we write and why writing needs to stay at the core of it all.