Find Your Pause Today
How do we know our subject is worthwhile?
By the ease with which words flow onto the page. If writing is difficult, you're not writing what's true for you.
When we care about our subject we find ourselves writing a true story – whether it's fiction or nonfiction. Its truth resonates within you and your reader.
"Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer." Barbara Kingsolver
Approach your writing with kindness to yourself and dedication to your craft. Remember, you improve your skill with practice. The joys, hardships, and challenges of disciplined writing will reward you with artistic prose. And the discovery that writing is an art form. Self-discovery through self-expression leads to universal truth and themes reflecting our culture and the human experience.
I suppose it's time to grow this blog though I resist the pull of conformity. Most successful writers these days do blog. I don't consider myself in that class of authors, but hope those reading might be encouraged in your writing projects.
From The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“The serious writer has always taken the flaw in human nature for his starting point, usually the flaw in an otherwise admirable character. Drama usually bases itself on the bedrock of original sin, whether the writer thinks in theological terms or not. Then, too, any character in a serious novel is supposed to carry a burden of meaning larger than himself.
The novelist doesn't write about people in a vacuum; he writes about people in a world where something is obviously lacking, where there is the general mystery of incompleteness and the particular tragedy of our own times to be demonstrated, and the novelist tries to give you, within the form of the book, the total experience of human nature at any time.
For this reason, the greatest dramas naturally involve the salvation or loss of the soul. Where there is no belief in the soul, there is very little drama.”