It was a bumpy start because writing a book together isn’t easy. Especially when you have no template, no point of reference, no idea what you are doing.
But the greatest gift that parenthood has given my writing is a kind of integrity. I know that my children will one day grow up and read my books, and so I feel the need to tell the truth, all the time, and with as much clarity and music as possible.
I wanted to write about a happy marriage. I wanted to write a plot that wasn’t propelled by the usual twists—infidelity in particular. Unhappiness has become something of a cliché in modern fiction, I think, turning Tolstoy on his head. I continue to insist, in my life and in my fiction, that happiness is a possibility.
Claudia F. Savage
Now that I’m about to pass into middle age, now that I’ve had a son and want to hold tight to each joyful, exhausting, bountiful, maddening day, I’ve dropped all interest in darkness and doom. Except in my poems….
How can you spend more of those minutes writing? Pencil writing into your daily routine, and try to do it every day at the same time. Ignore any guilt you might feel about time spent writing and consider it work instead of play. It’s okay to enjoy work. Other things will get done, just maybe a little later than usual.
Lisa L. Lewis
Community is so important! My intention has always been to be a good literary citizen and support my fellow writers. I think it’s karmic: be a good person, show up for others, and be interested in other people’s work. I’ve found that if you put that out there, it’s returned. With every reading I’ve gone to and every interview I’ve done, it’s led to something else, and I’ve been very grateful.
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