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Eunice -- well, I think , frankly, that it's different when we writers talk to each OTHER. We know the tender spots to avoid, and understand the psychological difficulties of this work (and of publishing, which can be totally psychosis-inducing). Non-writers, however, are often so ignorant of what the process and the business are truly like -- hence the wound-producing questions and comments. I generally find it's not cruelty, just a lack of education. But I think if you are a writer you can always approach a fellow scribbler and simply say, "I'd love to talk with you about writing one day..." You'd be open to that, wouldn't you? So would I.
I really liked your ten questions. The problem is one wants to talk to another writer about writing. In the right situation that is. I guess you have to find the entry that's not somehow demanding or the slightest bit, even a whiff of, confrontational. But maybe then at certain times you just can't talk to a lot of writers. Damn! In any case, thanks, EL
I am in the throes of getting back into writing again. In the mid 80s I studied writing at the first course here in Australia, which was tutored by lecturers who were both academics and published writers of some real merit. Wonderful experience. And, it brought me to write short story. I love this form.
Am now, in another place in myself. Much appreciative of fiction and the short story, and still attracted to it ... but, in another place .. at this time.
We'll see... what transpires. Poetry has proven to be more, in one sense, more accessible to me, over the years which have intervened... and I am now enjoying this element of writing. Both forms relying so much on the 'crafting' of the piece.
Thank you, Lauren, for your kind response. Of course, I am now keen to read your books, and am in the process of ordering them. I notice that one, at least, is a collection of short stories. Yeeeaaaahhhh!
A new morning here in Australia, and I find myself drawn back to your Page, Lauren. Thank you for your kind response to my comments. Hope the day for you, eased in it's shittiness... as it wore on. And that you are blessed with good sleep.
I have now read every word, and scanned every inch of your Page, feasting on your heart, your grace, your sense, your capacity ... and your strength. What a richness you bring. And all with a natural dignity.
I feel so proud of you ... which is a bit ridiculous as I am new here, and have failed to 'find' you prior to this encounter ... a heart-filling pride in all you have become ... just the same. Not from 'claiming' a right to feel this ...as I have none .... just as another human being .. who's heart can recognize something of your life .. and your chosen way of things.
Hope this is not an imposition. I am grateful to you ... for your efforts, for your achievement, for your honesty ... as many must also be.
Hi Lauren, and welcome! I just wanted to send a little "wave" -- I know my mom's new friend Barbara Jones directed you here and I am so glad you joined us at SHE WRITES. Your page is gorgeous, I am so impressed. Please be in touch with any feedback or ideas you have for SW.