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Why Write? (Part II)

Why Write? (Part II)

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Published by Seth Harwood
More thoughts on the daily practice of writing. Thanks to everyone who read and readcast the last one, "Why I Write?"
I hope you find this one helpful as well. As always, thanks so much for your comments!
More thoughts on the daily practice of writing. Thanks to everyone who read and readcast the last one, "Why I Write?"
I hope you find this one helpful as well. As always, thanks so much for your comments!

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Published by: Seth Harwood on Jun 21, 2011
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More on WritingIn thinking about writing and why I write, the following quote fromGloria Steinem sticks with me. I found it reprinted in John R. Trimble’s
Writing with Style
, which I confess to not having read enough.
 For me, writing is the only thing that passes the three tests of metier: 1) when I’m doing it, I don’t feel that I should be doing something else instead; 2) it produces a sense of accomplishment and, once in a while, pride; and 3) it’s frightening. –Gloria Steinem
It’s the first of these three conditions that strikes me most, becausefeeling this way—as if I have complete certainty in the way I’mspending my time—for me is quite unique. Yesterday I made it a point to write in the middle of a busy day. Istopped at a local café, warmed up with a journal entry, and dove intothe opening of a new piece of long fiction that I’ve had in mind forsome time. I dove in without an outline, without a complete idea of who my character was or where she was going, even a full sense of what she’d be dealing with. That I started to find these on the page isn’t remarkable. It’s anelement of that exploration, of finding
 
one’s story through writing inthe same way a reader does, that many of you commented on in replyto this last post (Why I Write). We love the story, uniquely ours, that wefind through this practice.What I found remarkable about yesterday was what happened after Iwrote: I started looking at the clock. At 2PM, I had to be somewhere. That left me enough time to do X and Y, which I did, then pushed upagainst the clock a bit and became anxious. From my errands I wenthome and read for a while, a right I’d earned, I thought, with mywriting. I had an engagement for dinner, but all through the afternoonand the night, something was stuck in my mind’s craw, an idea that Iwasn’t done at my desk, that I needed to write more.I’m not sure where this came from. By any account, I’d acquittedmyself well in the day’s work and broken through 700 words of newmaterial. This was a noble and impressive amount, I thought. But Ididn’t feel right.What should I have done with this energy? Usually I try to stow it awayfor the next day, use its nerves to get me up early to the desk in themorning. But this time I listened. I went back to the desk late lastnight. The darkness outside my window was broken only by a fewlights on the tops of houses.I wrote and added more to the day’s journal. Then I went back to my

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A great follow up to "Why Write?".
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A great follow up to "Why Write?".
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great write read very solid read truth about writing thanks father mike
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A great follow up to "Why Write?".
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