Sunday, April 27, 2008

Joyce Carol Oates said it well

"I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card... "
- Joyce Carol Oates
Last week began just like the above portion of Joyce Carol Oats' quotation. But I stuck to my writing guns, determined to do the work at hand, cast aside the pull to putter around the house, ignore my inner critic (what does he know away?) and simply write. Then I eased into the stage she describes in the later part below:

"...and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."
- Joyce Carol Oates.
The week ended on a satisfied note. Work done. Articles written. Queries sent. Mail answered.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Do you have those days or weeks when you emerge from the fog with keyboard blazing and in the end, you sit back in your chair and breathe a sign of relief? Then, just like me, you're so fired up and immersed in the "zone" and in tune with the flow that you continue writing as if your life depended on it?

That was my week. Aren't you encouraged and inspired when another writer mirrors your experiences? I am.
"I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."
- Joyce Carol Oates.
Thank you Joyce.

4 comments:

Jeanne Dininni said...

Cheryl,

I love this--and I love the way you've triumphed! Congratulations! May your future hold many similar victories!

Jeanne

Cheryl Wright said...

As a writer yourself, you can well identify with the struggles and the triumphs. Sure emerging from a fog and producing a piece of work is satisfying.

But more than that is the understanding and support from other writers like yourself.

I tell aspiring writers that the writing community is a phenomenal one and they should be prepared and anxious to help other writers. It's what we do, right Jeanne?

Jeanne Dininni said...

It certainly is, Cheryl.

And I'd venture to say that this goes double for bloggers. Blogging creates such a sense of community with our fellow bloggers--after all, we're all in this together, right?--as well as with our other readers that it's so easy to share our triumphs and trials and offer one another our support.

Blogging is simply a venue that naturally and easily lends itself to building the close connections that can prove so supportive, helpful, and satisfying to us in so many ways.

Jeanne

Cheryl Wright said...

Well said.

Cheryl

 
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