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Words On The Page

StoryADay May is well underway. Hundreds of people are writing. Many of them are sharing their stories.

I’ve read tons of stories in the past three days, some stunningly good, some OK and one of two just … raw, shall we say?

But all of them we’re complete. And all of them were words on the page that their writers can look at and reflect on and learn from.

Over and over again, people have said some flavor of “I’m so glad I wrote today”, “it’s not perfect but I feel so good for having done it” or simple “ha-Haaaaaa!”

It reminds me of why I do this to myself. There is nothing like the feeling of writing. There is little that makes me as happy. There is nothing really that I’m anywhere nearly as fulfilled by doing.

So I’ll be writing a story again tomorrow. How about you?

Finding Your Voice

For me, the process of finding one’s voice was many, many years of suppressing it, because I was kind of ashamed of it…a switch threw in my mind and I thought you’re such an idiot: all this time you’ve been trying to make energy on the page but keeping all your natural instincts on the side…

George Saunders, Authors On Tour, Live from The Tattered Cover

The World Needs Your Story

Every now and then I search for signs of her writing on the Internet, but I don’t think she’s ever published anything. Breaks my heart because she was amazing….

Twenty years since the workshop and what I’m left with now is not bitterness or anger but an abiding sense of loss. Lost time, lost opportunities, lost people.

Junot Diaz, http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html