I started this blog during the dark days of 2020. I was isolated at home and watching the death rate climb and include George Floyd’s murder by the police in his hometown. These epic events collided in my mind and writing seemed my only outlet for expression. By the time I reached my last post I had a new virus: a passion for writing. I put aside my blog and found a writing coach. If I was going to write for publication I wanted to master this craft. My friend Kathleen was the perfect choice. She is an accomplished writer and writing teacher but was looking for a writing partner to get feedback on her current projects. I was and am nowhere near her level but I do read constantly so I have an idea was “sounds good” in a story. We continue to meet together weekly but I knew that I needed instruction that she did not have time to give me. I discovered that Barbara, another one of the outstanding women I know, was also aching to write and had signed up with Nadine Kennedy Johnstone and her community of women writers. Nadine is a writing professor, author, and coach and she has inspired me to learn a craft I have dreamed about since I was in the fifth grade. I “work-out” my writing every Monday at noon with an exceptional group of supportive women online. I also sign up immediately when Nadine offers another Publish the Personal classes. She has taught us the importance of submitting our work, over and over again if necessary. So far I have only been rejected, but I have learned that the life of a write contains many rejections!
Over the last few weeks I have played with the thought of relaunching my blog and having a space where I can “try out” what I am learning and share it with others. So I am back! I will post at least once a week and you can read my musings from the back porch.
“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”