“Keep changing, because when you’re through changing—you’re through.” Bert-Olaf Svanholm
“An essential aspect of CREATIVITY is not being afraid to fail.” Isaac Newton
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner
In reading the June issue of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s newsletter, Hannah Haney in her article “A Writer’s Voice has Power” poised an interesting question…
JULY 6TH QUESTION: What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
I’m laughing… I loved hearing that my writing is improving and growing stronger. Heck, I have edited this article at least four times. But foremost, the most important comment anyone made to me is that I write real. Growing up in my family was like avoiding the Vietnamese landmines. You needed to watch where you stepped. As crazy as home life was for my brother and me, it was not as heart-wrenching as Frank McCourt’s life per his book, Angela’s Ashes, but there were situations that I truly believe should be told.
Invaluable life’s lessons sprout from books and stories whether through fact or fiction. However, we don’t understand tripping over mole-holes or falling face first into the mud until we have walked in another’s shoes experiencing why they slipped up, first hand. Learn from others so that our lives will be better, and we will understand the pain and joy people around us experienced.
If you read memoir or fiction based on fact, WHAT is important to you about what you read? What draws you into the story? Why did you pick up the book in the first place? What hooked you into the story? Are you interested in learning from others’ lives? What bores you to tears… or did I just do that? You see, I am insecure! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and comments, so I hope you will share them with me. You will help me grow. Thank you for your comments.