Guest Post: Start your writers' conference learning now with a series of guest blog posts from some of the conference faculty. This guest post comes from Joyce Wycoff, conference program guide, author of a young adult fantasy novella, Sarana’s Gift and a specialty journal, Gratitude Miracles, the 5-minute journal that could change everything!
Guest Post: Start your writers' conference learning now with a series of guest blog posts from some of the conference faculty. This guest post comes from Catharine Bramkamp, author of 15 books, co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns, dynamic writing coach and Chief Storytelling Officer for Winesecrets.
Writing a book is important. But, before you get all puffed up, so is knitting.
Writing is an art. Writing is also a hobby. My friend Myrna knits beautiful socks as holiday gifts to family. My friend Terry cooks amazing meals and shares them with lucky me. My mother makes greeting cards. My sister in law creates an elaborate Halloween scene for the local trick or treaters. A number of my friends travel and happily share their experiences with me so my trip will be even better.
What do I do? I write.
Sometimes I share, but more often than not, I don’t. Because unlike socks, writing isn’t a really welcome holiday gift. Wine is better. Bourbon is much better.
I write because it’s important to me, to my health and well-being. Writing is my way of organizing the world. It can be yours too. I officially give you permission to write for love. Write because describing the sky makes it bluer. Write because detailing the grass makes it softer. Write because it feeds you like twice baked potatoes.
Why is it important to write? Because you are making sense of the world, and if you do a good job, you’ll help others see what you see, and make some sense themselves.
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