Start Your Week Off Write: What Does Writing Mean To You?


 

Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

I attended the OWFI Writers’ Conference this weekend. It impacted me in more ways than I can express. The workshops, the friendships, the encouragement I received went a long way in sparking my perseverance in this whole writing life thing. My brain and emotions are on overload, so this will be a short post while I decompress. I’m excited to share some things I learned with you in future posts.

I did a lot of reflecting, and I was reminded of a time someone asked me to write down what writing means to me. It’s a little cheesy, but here’s what I wrote:

To me, writing is a second chance to slay my dragons and win. Writing is the synergy of heart, mind and spirit. Writing is the movement of hand guiding pen over paper creating universes. Writing is a journey over time and space to bond with another human being with only a word or phrase. Writing is sometimes my lover, my cruel taskmaster, my funny little clown or my sensei. Writing is what I want to do and what I fight to keep from doing. Writing is my touchstone.

What does writing mean to you? Share in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Start Your Week Off Write: What Does Writing Mean To You?

  1. Love this line: Writing is a second chance to slay my dragons and win. In some ways, that ‘s how I feel about writing. After a 31-year teaching career, I decided to devote my second act to writing. I have always dreamed of writing a novel. I have written two: a murder mystery and a light fantasy. Now, I just need to get them out there.

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    • I love second acts! After being a homeschool mom and a military wife, for me it’s time for writing to take center stage. Thanks so much for your comment, Joanne. Your novels sound interesting. Please do get them out there. 🙂

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  2. Great post topic, lady.
    Writing is a way to get the dreams to stop so I can get good, restful sleep at night. It is my passion. Something I can say I am good at…after lots of revision. *grin*

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  3. Kristin, I do think that writing is a way to slay dragons. Although I write mostly nonfiction, the most difficult experiences of my life have led to my writing with more empathy and understanding. That makes me feel as though my pain was not wasted.

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    • Diana, I’m right there with you. I like the idea of writing letting you express yourself in a deeper way than speaking. I feel like when I write the words are not awkward, or clunky, which how I feel a lot of the time when speaking. Plus I can correct them if they are, and once the words come out of your mouth, there they are. 🙂

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  4. Writing is where I find myself. Sometimes life makes me feel lost, but I also can find my way back through writing. Writing is a way of being–different than all the other things I do in life, different from teaching or exercising or loving or reading the paper or daydreaming. In fact, I love public speaking and am very good at it, but it is different than the sense of communication and experience within writing.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    http://www.thereflectivewriter.com
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

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