Writing Advice from a Pro

I asked one of my favorite writers, Patti Digh, a question today. She answered it quickly, which normally would make me feel stupid. Then I read her answer to me.

I asked her what she does on days when she doesn’t feel like writing or can’t find inspiration for her writing. I LOVE her answer, and I quote, “I sit in front of the computer with my hands on the keys.” So even though my fingers are generally on the WRONG keys because I’ve blocked out a lot of my typing class in high school, I’ll try that advice to see where it takes me.

I want to be a poet. But I feel like me being a poet would be like a fish that couldn’t climb trees. I want to be a novelist. But I feel like me being a novelist would be like that same fish that couldn’t climb trees. Doing either of these things makes me feel stupid. But I want to use both those ways of expressing myself in what I do. Narrative techniques need to help me tell my story. I want poetic language to tell my story. So I’m trying to learn that poetic language that doesn’t come easily to me.

So how can I pull these pieces together to make a memoir? I’m frustrated. But I’m here, still wrestling.





About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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