Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 2.3
When I first read Kerouac’s 30 quotes, I wrote this reaction at the following link:
This was the original post that was originally made on an old blog I had … tried to access it today and received an access error message … oh well … at least I did get this moved … and lost many other posts.
Anyway, I wanted to share my original thoughts on Kerouac’s 30 quotes on writing.
I still hold with my original 3 in the above post, but after meeting with my monthly writing group last night, 17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself now a part of my choices from Kerouac.
These amazing women wrote pieces of their lives for last night … one about a childhood home and the perils of having to use an outhouse, another about her life as a feminist (she is close to 90 years young) and posted the question “Is the Devil a Woman?” and a third (who shared — we are not required to share and not everyone did last night) wrote about her battle with a bedeviling weed that continues to invade her flower garden. I chose to share a piece of fiction after struggling to read the piece I have chosen to submit for my September DTLAL story … a story about my early teen years … in hindsight I wish I had shared this story since we were really in the same frame of mind and I did not go with my gut for sharing.
We all talked afterward about how each person’s writing triggered a personal memory and how we felt the importance of writing about our past, our childhood, our growing up, our mistake making and our mistake learning. I was asked how I write … since I have only shared fiction. I told the group that sometimes I write from a flash of memory, a brief experience during a walk, from a provided prompt … in reality no set “how to” but to keep my eyes and ears open to something that will trigger a need to write.
I have read why many writers write and seemingly all of them say something about writing what you know, what you love, what you like, what you want to read … in other words, write what you want to write about and not for anyone else.
I think that is the best advice on writing … write what you like and what you want to write as well as read. Writing is a very personal thing. It provides a means of working through difficulties, getting fears, frustrations and anger out on paper then tearing it up or burning it as a way toward healing. From childhood I knew words were powerful and could make a person feel the best they ever felt or crush them like a bug underfoot. My maternal grandmother was a master of the latter and I was on the receiving end until other grandchildren came along … then I was ignored … much to my relief … she inflicted enough word damage on me until my first cousin was born.
I plan to revisit Kerouac’s 30 quotes ever few years to see if my choices remain, change completely or are just added to as with this commentary. One thing I shared with the group last night is that I am not and never will be satisfied with me as a writer … I will continue to study and hopefully learn as I continue my journey with the written word.
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