Saying Yes to the Calling
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We write because we must; it's what we writers do. It’s a calling. What we write about is sometimes humorous, light, and uplifting, or sometimes serious and fraught with meaning, and sometimes "all of the above."  We can only write from who we are, even in fiction, because that's what we've been given, and so that's what we have to give. It might not be everybody's cup of tea.

Reading a book is a journey we take in consciousness. There have been a few books I've started to read and then stopped, because I realized I didn't want to take that particular journey. My intuition, that little voice from the inside that I have come to trust, told me there might be glimpses of some truths I wasn’t ready for yet, or things that would hurt me or reopen old wounds, and so I chose not to go there. The little voice inside is always my best guide. Sometimes it says No, not now" and later it may say yes, or it may not. Everybody has that little voice. The book I’m writing now, a memoir, has some dark passages. A few old friends who started to read it, stopped when they got to the hard parts.  

Of course I want everybody to love my book, but I know that not everybody will. Books that tell the truth will always be uncomfortable in places. Like life, writing a book requires commitment, courage, and pushing on through. 

This book has claimed me. It is my calling. I can see clearly now, that all the events of my life, even the worst of them, have had a purpose, and I have a duty to share what I’ve learned from them. The time has come to do the work, and I have said yes to the calling.

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You're welcome to visit my website.  writer2writer.victoriachames.com
and my personal blog, More About This.  moreaboutthis.wordpress.com

 

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