One is our next door neighbor, Leslie Leyland Fields. She is a well known author, long time Alaskan fisherwoman and has a blog. She did a recent post which I particularly enjoyed...
Leslie fields blog link here
The post I linked above was one she did earlier this summer about the challenges of writing. And a reminder that there are times of discouragement, self-doubt, criticism form others as we share our work with others. In Leslies words, from her blog:
"In all the betrayal, admiration and lights, here is what you do:
You work at loving them all, and you keep on writing (or singing or sculpting or knitting or designing).
You will not be hushed, not by hurt or by hate; you keep on writing.
You will not keep trying to satisfy insatiable people; you keep on writing.
You will not listen to critics in the shadows afraid of their own lives; you keep on writing.
You will not let praise erode your stability; you keep on writing (and rewriting.)
Don't let anyone shoot down your moon. Tell the truth. Please God. Love your neighbor. Love your enemies. And for the sake of us all,
keep writing." -Leslie Leyland Fields
Another fellow blogger wrote on a similar vein in her blog:
Life Goes on I think Blog Link Here
The author, Paige, attends a talk by author Jennifer Weiner and during the talk Jennifer gives a piece of advice to the group which particularly resonates with Paige. She says, "You sit in a chair and you write. You can't wait for inspiration."
I'm hearing a similar thread of writing wisdom from my writing teacher Marilyn Bousquin Webpage Every minute of writing counts. It doesn't have to be perfect, pretty, refined. It just has to be. And I have to let it become what it is. Moving the pen stirs the subconscious and brings the words to the page.
The most important thing I'm learning from my writing class is to put my writing first. Because putting my writing first, is putting myself first. For so many years when I've wanted to write, I haven't. There is always a floor to be swept, clothes to be folded, kids to be tended to, e-mails to be written. Those things will always be there and I'm beginning to see theres no time like the present to write and get the stories and thoughts down on paper.