I love to read…I mean I really love to read. Anything. Adult fiction, mysteries, romance, young adult, middle grade, how-to, self-help, parenting…you get the picture. My guess is most writers do. Well, this blog resulted from one such read.
I was re-reading a book on writing by Natalie Goldberg. She takes a very Zen approach to everything in her life, including her craft. This excerpt came from Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, a book I first read more than fifteen years ago: “Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being…writers hand on what they know.”
When I first read this I did not fully understand what she meant. Now that I have entered the world of writing, I see that this is truly a team sport.
Sure, we may seclude ourselves to complete the manuscript, going on 8 hour writing binges when our schedules allow it just to feel like we grabbed the story that has been haunting us for so long.
But when we are done with that, when we emerge for air and catch our bearings, we reach to our friends; other writers who, like us, understand the strange world we belong to. Friends, who motivate, critique, assist and otherwise help us move forward. And, when we experience something successful, we help others do the same.
So, thank you my new writer friends, who have welcomed me to this interesting world and made me feel right at home.