Saturday, July 12, 2014

Inspiration Found… I am a writer.

What a week!  If I had to pick one word to summarize my past seven days, I would select the word write.  This is what I did all week.  I wrote.  And then, I wrote some more.

If I truly think about it, I've been writing for years- since childhood.  It's always been something I've loved.  This love for writing even grew into a career and the blog you're reading right now.  I've now been a teacher of writing for well over a decade.  

This week was different though.  The word write means something different now.  Something clicked in my writing life.  Not only did my love of writing and volume of pieces grow this week, but also my identity changed.  I am no longer someone who just enjoys writing and teaching writing.  Now, I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, I am a writer.  

I am a writer.

I've never put those four words together in a sentence or phrase.  Writing has always been something I do.  I've never considered it who I am.  Well, I now know it is a very important part of who I am.  I now realize that I am a writer and have been all along.

So, why did things just click for me this week?  One reason:  Teachers Write!  Teachers Write is a virtual writing workshop for teacher-authors that takes place each summer.  Teachers-authors from all over the country come together to share our writing with each other and a few wonderful already published authors.  The incredible thing is that these authors are freely giving their time to read and give input on our work.  What a gift!   Everyone at Teachers Write has given me more inspiration than I could have ever anticipated.  In fact, I've been given so much inspiration that I started two new writing ventures this week.

Over the past few days,  I started a second blog and have finally put my idea for fiction into written words that are actually forming a story!  Honestly, I haven't been able to go anywhere or do anything this week without thinking of an idea for my story or one of my blogs.  I've been writing more than I ever have in my life- even more than when I was in graduate school, where I was writing about writing!  This new found inspiration is all thanks to the wonderful teacher-authors and published authors of Teachers Write.  Everything I came across this week was translated into writing in some way.  I'm actually now looking at the world around me differently.

My Second Blog
I started a second blog this week, Fog, Food, & Fun, about all-things San Francisco.  The idea came
to me as I was browsing through the stacks of books at City Lights Bookstore in North Beach.  It dawned on me that people who visit San Francisco should know about all of our wonderful gems away from Pier 39 and Union Square.  I adore my city, and want to share its magic.  Starting a second blog was a natural fit.  The blog is not meant to be a complete tour-guide, rather it will be a collection of my experiences updated as they happen.  

My Fictional Piece
This week, I finally started writing my book.  I've been tinkering with the idea for years.  Now, I am writing it.  I started with the setting and am now working on developing my characters.   It's very rough, raw, and will be a work in progress for quite a while.  Yesterday, I shared just a few paragraphs with the wonderful authors at Teachers Write.  Authors Amy Fellner Dominy and Gae Polisner and fellow educator Jennifer Kloczko gave me both encouraging and helpful feedback.  I have a long way to go, and I am just thrilled that I've finally taken the leap!  Thank you so much to Amy, Gae, and Jennifer!  Your few words have ignited a spark larger and brighter than you know.  

Happy writing, friends.  

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