Yesterday, I had the privilege of accompanying my daughter’s class to hear Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the step-sister of Anne Frank, speak. Mrs. Schloss’s story was heartbreaking, compelling and memorable. She said during the program that she didn’t share her story for a long time, but came to realize that it needed to be told. Her messages of hope and acceptance also, in my opinion, needed to be heard.
As writers, I think we all have a pressing need to share our stories, even if it takes us a lifetime to tell them. By writing about experiences, whether real or imagined, we evoke sympathy, empathy and countless other emotions that connect us to one another as a human race.
So keep that in mind today as you work on your manuscript. Dig deep. Listen to the story inside you that must be told and must be heard. I promise, someone is waiting to hear what you have to say in the way only you can say it.
Today’s the day! Write by Midnight starts today. Are you excited? Are you ready to write every day this month and establish a regular writing habit? We are! Join us on our quest to meet our writing goals. If you get something down by midnight, that day counts as a win.
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As many tend to do at this time of year, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’m thankful for in my life. So I wanted to share with you some of the things the writer in me is grateful for.
Every writer has heard the advice about killing your darlings. How important it is to know when to let go, be it an idea or a beautiful passage of prose, a turn of phrase. There is a maturity in sacrificing a small jewel in a project for the betterment of the story itself. But let’s face it. It hurts. Like re-breaking a misaligned bone so that it can be re-set. You are clearing something good to make way for something amazing.
I recently heard a somewhat extreme version of the killing your darlings concept. It’s for those that are caught in a quagmire and cannot seem to move forward, or just those daredevils that want to see what other options might be out there. The concept is this. Take your best idea, or a couple of your best ideas, and throw it out. Then dive back into the project and see what shakes loose. Continue reading