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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Thought for the Day

By Sharon Ostrow who blogs at It's All About the Journey

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything...It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” - Enid Bagnold

This quote sums up my obsession with putting words on paper. Writing runs in my blood and I’ve been at it since I was a little girl.

My paternal grandfather and my father were both writers and historians. My mother has been writing family stories and when Dad was alive, she was his assistant as an editor, proofreader and moral support.

My sister and my cousin write poetry. My middle daughter has entered the blogging world recently and shows talent.

Life has been full of drama, comedy and everything in between and my years in a religious cult are rich with experience. I am compelled to share the story, to delve inside and bring forth the pearls of self-reflection and wisdom.

It takes courage to write the truth, even disguised as fiction and that’s the challenge. Inevitably someone won’t like what you have written or another person will get offended even when that is not the intention. It is counterproductive to try to please everyone, not to mention slightly ridiculous and for me, a source of writer’s block.

My answer is to write from my heart and let it flow, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus. Today, welcome to the desert!

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Please read instructions for submitting.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


It sounds like you have more than enough fodder for a book. We could be your sample audience--one bit at a time?

Can't wait to hear the stories..another variation on:
"Mommy, I wanna sing!" And don't be knocking cactus, some of them are just beautiful..

Thanks for your comments -- I have taken them to heart and do appreciate comments from other long-time writers, since no one else can understand and appreciate the underlying issues and problems they can pose for writers. Good work!

You are courageous. I think all of us who write are courageous. It is a legacy, and though my mom did not leave stories she did leave a few poems and more than that, she bequeathed her talent to several of us.

I always liked to write but I usually wrote only for myself. I was a little shy and this was a good outlet. However, when I was in high school I wrote a scary story and my teacher accused me of plagiarism. Of course it was not but this upset me so much that I did not pursue writing but turned to art and music instead. However, I did win many essay contests. Like you, I agree that writing from the heart is hard.

I have one of those kinds of "born to write" traits, too. For me, I HAVE to write like I HAVE to breath. My son has to play piano. We all have what we are called to do, I guess.

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the comments very much.

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