Why Bother Writing Anything?

It’s all too easy to fall into the “Why bother?” trap?  There you can have a good wallow in self-doubt, even worse, self-pity.

It’s the best time in human history to be a writer aiming for publication.  It’s also the worst time—because everyone else can publish too.  Self-publishing tools make it all too easy.

“Who would ever want to read anything I had to say?  It’s all been said. And said better.”

There is that.  However, it hasn’t been said by you.

A small group of writers gathered at the local art gallery several months ago with the intention of writing memoirs. In those early meetings, the subject of whether to fictionalize those memoirs came up often. “Oh, I can’t tell that story.  Aunt Mamie would kill me.”  Or: “I’ll have to wait until my ex-husband dies.”

Then why not write your story, or the part of it that draws you, as fiction? It happened to somebody else, somebody a lot like you of course, but somebody else.  The advantage of that is you can become your ideal – or evil self.

That small group still meets, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at Artworks Community Gallery in Pine Mountain Club. We share our work by email before the group, and read and print out the work sent by the others. There’s a limit of 15 double-spaced pages for each two-week submission unless you make an arrangement with others willing to read more.

One of us is still writing a memoir as a legacy for her children. Others are writing full-length fiction: a novel, a mystery, a historical work. Then, in the time we are together, we give feedback, helpful and encouraging comment to the author. Our intention is to keep this a small, intimate group.

If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Mar Preston at 661-242-8529.  The cost is $5 per session as a donation to the Artworks Gallery.

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2 Responses to Why Bother Writing Anything?

  1. Kat Daniels says:

    You are right of course, there is every reason to write, I know in my heart I have stories worth telling.
    As bad as I want to complete a project, life and making a living seems to get in the way.
    I have a great mentor (a writer who I met many years ago) always encouraging and he definately lit the spark to get me writing, but I’m making slow progress.
    I keep telling myself that the first project is probably the toughest and it didn’t help, that as I was working on my book, a second plot appeared, so I divided the book into two projects and I kind of go back and forth between the two.
    It has an up side, I now realize I have to be careful not to make any final kind of ending for the character, because I just feel like there might be a few books after all is said and done.
    Part of me loves writing and creating and the other part of me likens it to a slow torture, I’m probably not alone in that feeling.
    I really enjoy your take on things, probably because you were raised in Canada like me.
    Thank you for taking the time to do the blog, I enjoy reading it.

  2. Mar Preston says:

    You must continue writing with a name like Kat Daniels. I see it in lights.

    I fight against all of this too. Still. And so do others. The difference is that we endure. We continue.

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