Today's writerly emotions brought to you by the following:
PANIC, DREAD, CONFUSION
Discovered #amwriting trending on twitter and wondered why. Is it pre-nanowrimo warm-up or an astrological conjunction boosting collective inspiration? I didn't get a chance to find out. The first thing I saw following the hashtag was a meme proclaiming "Write as if nobody will ever see your work." I scurried away from twitter in terror.
This was the opposite of inspiring. It speaks to the fearful heart of my writing- the questions: what is writing and why write? Sometimes I think humans are nothing more than a delivery system for art through the centuries and the art more enduring than the flesh is the purpose of us. Other times it is a panacea and a clarion. It is through art that we both diagnose the human condition and improve it. Writing is the least ambiguous of the arts.
My scurry away from twitter lead me to google. The quote was attributed to Ciara Geraghty (you can see it in context here http://www.novelicious.com/2014/10/ciara-geraghtys-top-five-writing-tips.html) and includes such writerly advice as "Write as if you are a hermit in a cave who never meets anyone or goes anywhere." The assertion being that seeing your writing without consequence or audience will embolden and improve the work or the author.
ENVY, LONGING, IRRATIONAL RESENTMENT
This pretty bit of flash fiction at the Narrative was overshadowed by a line in the author's bio.
...with a forward by Marilynne Robinson.
Too often writer's bios are a shopping list of envy for me. Like the line of Dorianne Laux's poetry tattooed on a fan, I did not even know to want this and now can think of nothing else.