Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew discusses her writing life, spirituality, and the craft of revision.
Also, we women need to support one another, not just during those days after the delivery, but every day thereafter. It does take a village to raise a child, but when we are busy running around, there is no time to check in with the villagers.
I’d say write for yourself. Don’t worry about trends. Don’t write magazine articles because it’s a rite of passage before you can do a book. Write the thing that you really want to write, and write it in the order that you’re in the mood for.
A lot of parenting, I think (and a lot of being a child, too), can benefit from a sort of expansive boredom—an invitation to seeing. Call it parental loafing, if you will.
We are always parenting on this fine line between giving kids enough structure and letting them make their own decisions. Being exposed to new methods of parenting changed the way I interact with my kids, even Veda, who is just shy of two. The women in the Philippines trusted their process, trusted their family, and trusted their kids. That’s what I try to do, too…
I’m concerned with two risks for my novels. The first is that people will dislike the story and criticize my writing. I’m in for this risk; I’ll take that on. The second risk is that I’m writing about experiences that mirror someone else’s real life. If I get those experiences wrong, will my errors hurt a reader?
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