Most of us on this blog write romance in one form or another, whether it’s novels or novellas or short stories. But there are so many other kinds of writing, too: journaling, prayers, memoirs, how-to’s, poems, haiku, essays, blogging, tweeting, cartoons, comics, letters (though, sadly, so few write actual letters these days), greeting cards, etc . Amazing how many ways there are to communicate with ourselves and one another, isn't it?
I came across this snippet of Mary Oliver’s poem the other day and it seemed perfect for today’s post:
Everyone has something within themselves they can express by writing it down, whether it’s to jot down something for later use or to discover their authentic self or to share themselves with those who will follow later.
I write for many reasons:
- to figure out what I’m thinking
- to reduce/calm the noise in my head
- to be read
- to see my book(s) on the bookshelf of stores
- to amuse myself and others
- to be remembered
If you’re looking for a bit of help with finding something to write about, maybe you’ll find one or more of these books as helpful and inspiring as I have.
Courage & Craft: Writing Your Life into Story by Barbara Abercrombie
Escaping into the Open: The of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg
The Writer’s Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure by Rachel Ballon
Anybody Can Write: A Playful Approach: Ideas for the Aspiring, the Beginning, the Blocked Writer by Roberta Jean Bryant
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron
Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life by Bonni Goldberg
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Pencil Dancing: New Ways to Free our Creative Spirit by Mari Messer
A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves
My copy of A Writer's Book of Days is dated 1999. The prompt for today is “This is not about…” Yesterday’s prompt was “Something seemed different.”
Ready? (Have you picked one?) Set? (Have a pencil or keyboard handy)? Go! If you’re willing, please share in the Comments.
Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink: Everyday Creative Writing by Michael C Smith & Suzanne Greenberg
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Euland
So, why do you write? Or, why don’t you write?