When I was a Senior at Fresno High School, my Advanced Composition teacher, Mr. Carey, loved Yeats and Byron. When he described my writing style as something similar to a sports reporter's, I understood he was not complimenting me. Only recently have I felt successful communicating with written or typed words. Of course, I have often opened my mouth and inserted a foot or two. Now I am doing it while writing.
Last month, while writing two complicated articles, I lost my new-found writing confidence. I was confused, and I was confusing my readers. I wondered if I would ever be understood again.
I also wondered how "real writers" confront these issues. Do real writers worry about being understood? Do they struggle with confidence? And as someone who is more verbal and visual, I wonder if other people like me wonder about being misunderstood. As I asked these questions, I realized that I didn't just have writer's block. I had a new project.
I decided to collect different writers and ask them about their writing process. So, for March, I will ask writers (some professional; some amateur), three different questions about their writing process. The questions are below.
1. Why do you write?
2. What motivates or inspires you?
3 How do you get past writer's block?
Ideally, this project will also demonstrate how to create dynamic on-line communities. I will post links, photos and bios for each person, when possible. Please comment (until recently, I had the comment function turned off.) If you have any suggestions, or if you would like to participate, please contact me. I am looking for diverse respondents, so almost anything could work.
A quick note: I am not completely sure how the idea formed... partly from frustration, partly from visiting friends who write, and partly from preparing a workshop presentation on visual storytelling. However, the final push was a blog post from Grover at Photoshelter. He suggests linking to other bloggers. I figured I could create an entire project linking to other people's websites.
Finally, As I post replies, I will also edit this page and post Dates, Names, and Links, creating more links and more information.
March 5, Robert Warren Cromey, Retired Episcopal Priest, Author
March 9, Stephanie Wong, Write, Technology Consultant and Nutritionist, EatLifeWhole.com
March 15 Bare Feet, Message to a Mentor
March 17 Arlene Stepputat, Director of Programs, Alzeimers Assoc. Central Coast, Author
March 18 Wayne Brasler, Journalism Instructor. Writer, Editor, National Teacher of the Year
March 20 Mark Michael Lewis, Business Conultant and Author
March 21 Lambert Kuang, High School Senior. Future Technology Guru
March 22 Reza Garajedaghi, Mr. Gaucho
March 23 Michele Dunaway, Best selling Novelist, Teacher
March 24 Nancy Davis Kho, writer
March 25 Jill Chittum, Photojournalist and Teacher
March 27 Alysse Mengason, Journalist, Person with Epilepsy
March 29 Janet Emma Garbe and Wil Gravatt, Songwriters, Musicians
March 30, Martha Tessmer, Mother of Angels